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Friday, May 21, 2010

Some BTWW Items & 15th Street Bike Lanes Update

Today is the last official day of Bike to Work Week, and a busy week it's been. Tomorrow is the "Finish Line" wrap-up celebration at the Community Garden on Foster and 10th street at 1:00pm. There will be prizes and trophies for participating area businesses for encouraging their employees to Bike to work.

While you wait for that event tomorrow, Here's a look at some of the BTWW events that went on this week, from the Coeur d'Alene Pedestrian and Bicycle blog.

There's also an item on there you may want to take note of; the Parks and Recreation Commission sent the 15th Street Bike Lane issue forward to Public Works this week.

The City is considering some changes on 15th Street from Sherman Avenue to Interstate 90, including adding bike lanes to both sides of the street. To put in the lanes, the city would re-center and re-stripe the median, and remove all parking on the east side of the street.

Public Works meets next Monday, the 24th at 4:00 pm in the Community Room at the Library. This committee will determine whether there is enough support to send it forward to Council. If you would or would not like to see bike lanes on 15th street, come to the meeting and voice your opinion.

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