Logansport officials are considering bringing bicycle lanes to Water Street.
A Logansport Street Department Request for Striping in Wednesday's Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety packet indicates the lanes would be on both sides of Water Street from Ind. 17 to Aster Street.
"Water Street's plenty wide enough for them," Logansport Street Commissioner Tony Shanks said at the meeting.
The lanes would be mostly 4 feet wide and 5 feet wide in some areas because a gutter would be within the lane.
West of Aster Street to the city limits would be marked with sharrows, which indicate bikes and vehicles share the lane. That's because Water Street in that area narrows from 31 feet to 24 feet, according to the striping request.
The board of public works and safety took the request under advisement for one week in order to receive and consider public input.
Shanks said Todd Miller approached the city about the bike lanes. Miller is president of Myers Spring Co., which is on Water Street.
Miller said by phone Wednesday that he made the request to the city because several of his employees cycle to work and that he notices a lot of pedestrian traffic on Water Street. Some parts of of Water Street don't have sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the road, so Miller said having a demarcated area like a bike lane would increase safety for walkers as well.
"I'm pumped because it'll improve the safety of my employees who ride or walk here and it'll improve safety for all those people in residential areas on the west side," Miller said.
Steve Friskey lives on Water Street and said he rides his bike in the area often.
"That'd be a good idea," he said of the proposed bike lanes, adding they'd make it safer for him to cycle down the street.
Laura Sivits lives on Chicago Street just north of Water Street. She said she sees a lot of cyclists use Water Street and agreed bike lanes would improve safety for them.
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan that the Logansport Plan Commission approved Monday calls for bike lanes on Water Street.
In other news, the board of public works and safety also:
• Approved unanimously electrical licenses for Galen Miller and Michael Gust.
• Approved unanimously an agreement between the Logansport Planning Department and Logansport-based Existential Media LLC not to exceed $1,000 through Dec. 31, 2018. Arin Shaver, executive director of the Logansport Planning Department, said Existential Media will draft press releases about the department's undertakings. Existential Media also contracts with Logansport-based Mid-America Radio to provide local information updates.
• Approved unanimously a list of surplus property for the city auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16 behind the City Building, 601 E. Broadway.
• Approved unanimously dumpster requests in the 500 block of Grove Street and 10 block of 18th Street.
• Approved unanimously the demolition of a dilapidated residential property at 116 Wheatland Ave., placing a lien on the property and fining the owner $5,000.
• Approved unanimously monthly reports for the city's building commissioner, police department, parks and recreation department and code enforcement officer.
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