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Community Discusses Salisbury Bike Master Plan

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Bike lane sign downtown (Photo: WBOC) Bike lane sign downtown (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury city leaders and interested community members met last Thursday to discuss a proposed bike master lane to make biking through the city safer and more convenient.

Matt Drew is the founder of bike advocacy group Bike-SBY, as well as the chair of the city's bike advisory committee. He bikes to work almost every day.

"It benefits the environment, it reduces congestion, it improves people's health," he explained.

The town also hired consulting groups ARRO Consulting and Alta Planning and Design to aide in the process. This was the first out of at least three community input sessions.

"We have so many people in a somewhat dense urban area," Drew said. "Most people live within either two hours of they either work, go to school or run errands on a daily basis."

The city of Salisbury already has several bike lanes, but according to Drew, demographic studies show 60 percent of the population is interested in biking but might have safety concerns.

Like Salisbury University freshman Joseph Cane, who thinks adding lanes would encourage more students to bike to class.

"Just because [Route 13] is a major road, I think a bike lane would make it a little easier for people to ride back and forth and not have to worry about getting hit," he said.

The goal is to build roughly 10 or so new lanes, some on the street and some on off-street, multi-use trails.

The town wants community input though in case these proposed lanes cause problems.

"If we put a bike lane in on a given street and the street already has established on street parking the bike lane might impact the width of the parking spaces," Drew said. "If we choose to have a buffer bike lane where there's a greater separation between the bike lane and car travel lanes, that might mean a reduction in the number of lanes that cars can use."

The team is developing a plan that would hopefully be short-term, or about five years to complete, and while a cost has yet to be determined, they said they are hoping to get grant money to do so.

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