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City Hall seeks ideas for Market Street bicycle use



A street near downtown La Crosse which passes by Mayo, Viterbo, and the brewery has become popular for bike-riding. City planners want to make Market Street more bike-friendly, and they’re holding an on-line hearing tonight about those plans.

“We just want to survey people, get public input, get as much feedback as we can, and see what people would like to see there, to connect Market Street to the trail system to the south, and potentially the bicycle facility on 2nd Street which would connect to all our trails on the north, through the marsh,” Jack Zabrowski from the city planning department said.

The Market Street bikeway project follows a bicycle master plan approved by the city nine years ago.

Zabrowski says Market has been a hazardous street for bike-riders and pedestrians in recent years, with 11 crashes involving bikes or pedestrians between 2005 and 2018. He says the city would like to reassess bike lanes on that portion of Market Street, without adding features such as bumpouts or roundabouts.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. can be viewed online by clicking here.

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. Michael Kopski

    October 27, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    There is hardly any room now for cars going both ways on Market now with so many kid renting from the 3 Universies
    And it gets worse during winter if we get alot of snow. There has been 2 accidents in the past week just on the 1900 block where cars have hit parked vehicles because of the closeness of vehicles trying to avoid others going the other way. The Street is to narrow to accommodate bikes to.

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