Anniston project to bring bicycle lanes downtown
The city of Anniston is adding bicycle lanes to the downtown area. The approximately $155,000 project is beginning soon.
The goal of city officials is to create 'bike city, USA', according to Councilwoman Millie Harris.
With plans to expand the Chief Ladiga Trail into downtown for avid riders, this latest project is aimed at another crowd of cyclists.
"To fund the non-spandex means of transportation and to create the safest way for them to get around on bicycles throughout this community," said Harris.
The city will construct 3 miles of bike lanes, as well as put up signs and signals.
"Whether they are professionals, whether they're extremists as far as their hobbies go, or whether they just want to ride a bicycle to get to and from work or to the store," said Harris.
The project will go downtown to create what Harris called a destination.
"They can come here and stay at the Finial , they can go to our restaurants , they can go to Coldwater Mountain," she said.
The city council approved an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to begin the work, all in the name of being as bike friendly as possible.
"Not there yet, a lot of work to do...but that is our dream and that is our vision for Anniston," said Harris.
Construction is expected to begin within the next 60 days, according to Mayor Vaughn Stewart.