Plan calls for new bike lanes in Van Buren, Alma
Van Buren is planning to build nearly 42 miles of bike lanes, along with new sidewalks and shared-use areas, to provide more transportation alternatives in the city, a recent article in the Southwest Times Record reports.
The city collaborated with Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization to draw up The Van Buren Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
The proposed bike lanes would cost $20 million. The plan also calls for 32.5 miles of sidewalks at a cost of $25.8 million and 7.6 miles of shared-use trails at $3.6 million. Sidewalks are already being built along Pointer Trail.
The plan, which was approved by a resolution of the city council in May, lists potential funding sources.
The plan is similar to the Alma Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan approved by the Alma City Council. The plan calls for 17 miles of bike lanes, estimated to cost $4 million.