Jul 3, 2013 7:04 PM by Chris Welty

UL Becoming More Bicycle Friendly

Yet another construction project is in the works at UL.

Next spring, construction will begin on phase two of the bike path extension. Phase one is a bike path along Cajundome Boulevard going from Eraste Landry to Johnston Street. Phase two will connect the existing path with the main campus.

Bicyclists say it's an exciting time on campus. John Heinemann cycles to UL everyday for class. He says navigating campus can be a challenge.

"It would be awesome if bikers had a safe lane and didn't have to worry about cars."

Heinemann has noticed an increased number of students and faculty riding to campus. He says cycling has it's advantages. "Parking is hard and it's expensive, that's why I ride my bike. It's easier and convenient."

UL School of Architecture and Design Director, Thomas Sammons says, "We just want to make sure our students have the best mobility rather than always having to get into a car."

The goal is to connect the bike path that ends at the Horticulture Center on Johnston Street to phase two on the main campus UL.

"That's going to provide a connector not only for students but residents as well," said Jerrod Olivier, Vice President of Bike Lafayette.

The expansion will add roughly one and a quarter miles of new pathways. This all part of UL's Master Plan to encourage the community to connect more with the university.

"You certainly will enjoy our campus a little more," said Sammons.

Construction is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2014.

Chris Welty



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