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Criticized Cass St. in line for slight adjustments

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The frequently criticized changes to La Crosse’s Cass Street may be in for a few adjustments when the weather warms this spring.

Social media posts have been harshly critical of the five block stretch from West Avenue to 7th Street that combines several sidewalk extensions with bike lanes that appear to route riders dangerously out into traffic on a very narrow street.

Even the fire department has expressed concerns about the layout.

That criticism has been noted and plans, now, include erasing bike symbols, which are thought to be too confusing.

The most controversial aspects — sidewalk bump-outs and the bike lanes routing riders into traffic — will apparently stay right where they are.

After all, said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat, the bump-outs accomplish what they’re supposed to — increase safety for pedestrians and slow traffic.  

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jason Beyer

    December 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Route the bike traffic to King Street instead.

    Install pedestrian crossing lights on West, 7th, 4th and 3rd street intersections so the bikers can cross the busy streets safely.

    Keeping the auto and bike traffic routes separate is the safest option.

  2. Michael Kopski

    December 12, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Get rid of the bumpouts Mr. Mayor, and keep the bike lanes Sir.

  3. Steven Oyer

    December 12, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Bump outside create a more dangerous situation than not having them ever did

  4. Ken

    December 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I hope & pray someone doesn’t get hit and we end up paying out in a big lawsuit

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