Lawrence officials consider creating bicycle boulevards

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Lawrence transportation officials are considering creating the city's first bicycle boulevards.

The boulevard proposal is one of several bike and pedestrian projects recommended by the city's Transportation Commission.

The boulevards would be on sections of 21st Street and Lawrence Avenue. Commission chairwoman Erin Paden said the bike boulevards would use streets the already have low car traffic. The project would include traffic diverters, lower speed limits and speed bumps to give bikes priority on the roads and discourage motorists from using the roads to cut through.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the 21st Street project would be 1.3 miles long and coast an estimated $247,000. The Lawrence Avenue stretch would be a half-mile long and cost about $103,000.

The City Commission will consider the recommendations at an upcoming meeting.
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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com