Campus sees bike-friendly changes

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Grace Amiss TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin Facebook Facebook Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Revamped enrollment process confuses some students Linkedin Flu activity remains high in Texas Grace Amiss + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Grace Amiss Grace Amiss Twitter Grace Amiss ReddIt Previous articleRussia re-elects Putin for fourth term in controversial electionNext articleHoroscope: March 23, 2018 Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo courtesy of Grace Amiss printFort Worth’s push for more bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly roads has made its way to TCU.City workers re-striped the streets around campus with bike lanes during spring break to remind drivers to make room for those pedaling along. Julia Ryan, a senior transportation planner for the city, said the additions are a step in improving overall transportation in Fort Worth.“The more we can give people options on transportation, the better our transportation system will be,” Ryan said.The re-striping came thanks to a voter-approved $200,000 bond program from 2014. These developments are aimed to improve pedestrian safety by moving vehicles farther from the sidewalks. Existing crosswalks were also re-striped.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe final design of TCU area bike striping project. (Map courtesy of Julia Ryan, Senior Transportation Planner)Additionally, new signs were placed between TCU and the Trinity Trails to help pedestrians find their way. This project will make improvements to the TCU area and connect to the overall bike network, Ryan said.Connectivity and safety were not the only factors that fueled this project. Ryan said the initiative is also looking to let people see Fort Worth in a new way.“By providing bicycle facilities, people can experience the city and feel like they’re part of a community,” Ryan said. “Something you can’t experience in a car.”Pleasure, exercise and stress relief are all benefits Julia Collins, a sophomore early childhood education major, said she experiences when riding her bike. However, she didn’t feel safe due to the lack of bike lanes TCU had.“My friends and I used to love biking at night,” Collins said. “But the streets were too scary because there were no lanes. I think TCU needed the lanes to ensure that everyone stays safe. TCU has such an awesome campus and having bike lanes has made me want to get outside more.”Bike FactsVenngage InfographicsMikayla Brewer, a junior strategic communication and anthropology double major, said she would steer clear of the streets for fear of traveling.“I really felt uncomfortable– especially on University because people go fast and there are a lot of students crossing,” Brewer said. “There was not a designated space, so people would merge into your area all the time.”Brewer said she hopes that the new bike-friendly infrastructure will encourage students to spend time outdoors instead of traveling in their cars or on buses.A preview of the new bike lanes. (Photo by Grace Amiss)“[This] is a great opportunity to get people out there and engaged,” Brewer said. “As a pedestrian, you won’t always have to watch out for bikes on the sidewalk all the time.”Additional improvements to Park Hill Drive and Forest Park Boulevard were added following spring break.For more information about the project, you can read more on the Fort Worth website. ReddItlast_img


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