Jan 15, 2014 7:21 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

New bike lanes on St. Mary Blvd.

New changes are in store on campus at UL. Soon students who like to bike will have new bike lanes to do so.

Students say the bustling traffic along St. Mary Boulevard can make biking tricky.

"One of the troubles I had riding down St. Mary, I was always scared getting hit by a car,"said Taylor Deville who's a student at UL. "I think with the new bike lanes it will decrease my fear of getting hit by one and allow more traffic to go through concerning bikes," she said.

"Now I can actually get in the street and ride without worrying about getting hit. I think it's safer and quicker to get to class," said Leon Duncan who's also a student at UL.

The bike lanes will go from about the intersection of St. Mary Boulevard and Taft to St. Mary and St. Landry. It's a joint project between the city of Lafayette and UL.

"All universities have many of the same struggles and for us finding places for vehicles to park and for motor vehicle traffic in general is a challenge with the university campus," said Joseph Pons who's the Associate Safety Director for UL. "Having this dedicated bike path will encourage our campus community to use alternative measures of transportation to get to and from the university,"he said.

The $70,000 project was initially set to be complete before this semester started, but university officials say weather created delays. Officials say the new lanes should be done by the end of next week.



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