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Mayor Kabat defends vote on Gillette St. changes



The city of La Crosse is not trying to favor bike riders over other people, in promoting bicycle lanes on busy streets. 

That’s how Mayor Tim Kabat responded to criticism of a Board of Public Works decision this week to install bike lanes on Gillette Street, while removing vehicle parking on one side. 

Kabat voted with the 3-2 majority in favor of the change on Gillette. 

Wednesday afternoon from the WIZM studio Kabat said a city ordinance encourages street access for pedestrians and cyclists.    

Asked about charges that the board didn’t listen to people who opposed the Gillette plan, the mayor said he takes public comments on community issues “very seriously.”  

Kabat added that the La Crosse city council might choose to weigh in on the Gillette Street decision. 

Two council members, who sit on the public works board, voted against the bike lane plan. The council, however, is not required to act on the street proposal.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Sally Schultz

    February 14, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Why even asked for public opinion when you knew already what you were going to do no matter what? Gillett Street is too busy for a bike lane and it is not needed. Save our tax payers money and fix the roads that need to be fixed and not adding Bike lanes

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