More bike lanes, sidewalks could come to downtown Waco

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The city of Waco and TxDOT discussed plans to add bike lanes and sidewalks in parts of downtown. It’s all a part of their plan to improve pedestrian safety. 

Linda Pate lives near South Waco Elementary and over the years, she’s had growing concerns about the kids and the roads near the school.

“I want my child to be safe,” Pate said. “To even have a sidewalk to walk on, it’d be good for them. You never know, who is in the car, who is driving.”

Pate is hoping her input could help solve the issue.

“We definitely wanted to make sure that we capture the voice of the community, especially along the corridors that we are going to be improving,” 

With help from TxDOT, the city plans to invest $720,000 in street, drainage and bike lanes. 
The’ll focus on 11th and 12th Street from Columbus Avenue and Gurley Lane from 10th to 27th Street.

“We are trying to take care of having access that starts from point A to point B, has ADA accessibility issues resolved. Basically a safer route to provide children to and from school.”

After attending the discussion, Pate is looking forward to to plans.

“Side walks just make things look better. It improves and picks up the neighborhood, the bikers are on the side of the street that means they don’t have to ride in the middle of the street or outside on the curb,” Pate said.

She says it’s just another way to keep everyone traveling out of harms way.

“I think that’s what this is about. Is keeping people safe and keeping our children, our young children in general safe,” Pate said. “All of them.”

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