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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bike lanes to line 4th, Summit streets near Ohio State’s campus

A man walks a bike across 18th Avenue. OSU students living on 4th and Summit streets could soon see designated biking lanes on their roads. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor
A man walks a bike across 18th Avenue. OSU students living on 4th and Summit streets could soon see designated biking lanes on their roads.
Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor

Ohio State students living on 4th and Summit streets could soon see designated biking lanes on their roads. Some students, though, said they’re worried about how safe those lanes will be, and others said they’d rather see bike lanes on campus.
The city of Columbus project to install bike lanes on 4th and Summit streets, which is set to begin in spring 2015, is part of a larger set of projects, called the Weinland Park and Milo Grogan Public Infrastructure Improvement Projects, that are set to cost the city nearly $23 million, according to a Columbus Department of Public Service press release.
Students who ride their bicycles and live in the area said while they’re hopeful for improved safety as a result of the project, they’re not too optimistic.
“It will help with overall biker safety, but it could cause more problems than it might have to,” said Garret Kiger, a fifth-year in mathematics. “Honestly, if we started adding more bike lanes throughout the city it could help, but I’m worried they’ll add the bike lane and it might give a false sense of security to students because drivers aren’t used to having to avoid lanes completely.”
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