A $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes will help the City of Lincoln and the Nebraska Trails Foundation add a 2.2-mile protected bikeway along "N" Street through the downtown area. The grant will be matched by the Jayne Snyder fund and will help the Great Plains Trails Network and the Nebraska Trails Foundation meet its $200,000 commitment to assist the City with the project.
When completed, the protected bikeway will provide a safe, bi-directional path along "N" Street from Antelope Valley to the West Haymarket area, a critical link in the City's 128-mile trail network. The new bikeway will connect trails to the east and west, downtown businesses, the Haymarket area, Pinnacle Bank Arena and the University of Nebraska.
"Because the bikeway will be a dedicated space, separated from other traffic, it will make downtown safer and more enjoyable not just for bikers, but also for motorists and pedestrians," said Ernie Castillo, City Urban Development Department. "More than 87,000 people live within two miles of the 'N' Street protected bikeway, so the project will make downtown more accessible to about one-third of Lincoln's residents."
The final design phase is scheduled for this fall. The bid advertising will follow immediately and construction will begin in spring 2014.
PeopleForBikes is a national leader in the movement to improve bicycling in the U.S. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders and elected officials, the organization is uniting Americans to boost bicycling on a national level with results that can be seen locally. More information is available at peopleforbikes.org.
Screen Ink Screen Printing & Embroidery and the Great Plains Trails Network are local sponsors for the project. For more information on the project, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: nstbikeway).