A Bike Lane Promises Improved Mobility in Mobile

Cities are looking for ways to increase the amount and safety of commuter bike lanes.

Federal TIGER funding seals Mobile’s downtown reconstruction plans, with complete streets featuring a bike lane, narrower roadways and crosswalks.

After two attempts, the city of Mobile, Ala., was approved for a $14.4 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant in 2016 to renovate portions of their downtown district, which includes the addition of a bike lane.

Federal Funding Comes Through

The TIGER grant funds, which are awarded to projects that increase the safety and reliability of transportation in communities, will be used to reorganize the car lanes in the Beauregard Street and Broad Street corridor to I-10. The project calls for making the car lanes smaller, and adding a bike lane on either side, turning the area into complete streets, which are streets accessible by everyone — motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Creating more bike lanes and sidewalks across the city has been a priority of this administration since taking office and was identified as a priority by our citizens during the Map for Mobile long-range planning process,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson told The Lagniappe Weekly. “To be a family-friendly city, we need to be a pedestrian-friendly city.”

Complete Streets Lead the City Towards its Goal

The planned bikeway project funded by the TIGER grant is one component of a larger vision that connects five miles of pedestrian-friendly roads to recreation areas on the Three Mile Creek Greenway. Construction is slated to begin in 2018.

Once completed, we will provide safe, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly access, beautify the streetscape and stimulate economic activity throughout Mobile,” Stimpson said in a statement.

 

Mobile's planned bike lane will connect the city's larger vision for a pedestrian-friendly downtown.

Image: Mobile County Bicentennial Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Read how the city of Philadelphia used TIGER funding to implement a bikeway and other EfficientGov bike infrastructure resources:

TIGER Grant Funding Travel and Recreation Infrastructure in Philly

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Bike Sharrows Found to Implicate Cyclist Injuries

 

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Rachel Engel

Rachel Engel

Author Rachel Engel is also Associate Editor of Military1.com. She is based in Kansas.