Toll 49 bike lane does not pass
POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 10:49am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — In a vote on Tuesday, the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority voted to not put bike lanes on Toll 49.
It's a disappointing decision for the Tyler Bicycle Club, especially since they raised the funds needed to move forward.
According to members of the club, the bike lane proposal was voted down by just a 7 to 6 margin.
The group had also been required to raise $65,000 to pay for the lane, and according to the club, they raised $100,000.
Laurie Simpson, club member, says this will force bikers to ride down county roads, which she says is more dangerous than on the highways, since many times, vehicles can't see them.
But after this decision, they are still weighing their options.
"It was sad, we had hoped to win but we didn't but there is supposed to be an alternative path that's beside, kind of like a service road possibly, there's about a fifty-fifty chance that we could get that" says Simpson.
Simpson says when it comes to the $100,000 the club raised, it may go towards the proposed bike path, or it may be returned to the donors, nothing has been decided at this point.