Bicyclists petition to keep bike lanes in Hundred Oaks

Bicyclists petition to keep bike lanes in Hundred Oaks

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The fight over designated bicycle lanes in the Hundred Oaks neighborhood is getting hotter.

Parking on a street that has them is not legal. Because of that, homeowners, signed a petition last week to make the lanes a shared space.

That has sparked another petition, by cyclist Shannon Allen, to keep the bike lanes.

Shannon Allen likes to cruise under the beautiful trees that line Glenmore Avenue. Designated bicycle lanes lessen her chances of running into traffic or parked cars. But she said it has not always been that way.

"Probably two months ago these lanes were pretty jammed packed with cars, or lawn service, or construction workers," Allen said.

The bike lanes have been there for nine years. Posted signs announce "No Parking Any Time." While the lanes indicate the space is for cyclists, some homeowners were under the impression, parking on the street in front of their own house was okay. That is until recently when a group of cyclists reported the parked cars to police.

Homeowner, Arthur Abercrombie, and 53 others who live on Glenmore have signed a petition to request that the bike lanes become a shared space so that their guests can park on the streets.

"If they keep designating it as a bike lane and they tell us we can't park in front of our house without getting a ticket from police, that's our problem," Arthur Abercrombie said.

But cyclists said that will not work. Allen has started an online petition for the lanes to remain bikes only.

"I pretty much just started it on Facebook and, the word has spread," Allen said.

So far, more than 400 people have signed it.

"I think it will send a message to the rest of Baton Rouge that bike lanes are important,"Allen said.

The issue is also important to new mom, Jenna Conway, who said the bike lanes keep her and her baby safe.

"When you're walking down a street without a sidewalk or a bike lane you have to look around constantly. You're worried about what's going on. Cars are typically driving 35, 40, 45 miles per hour," Conway said.

"We want this issue addressed now so when they start installing bike lanes in other neighborhoods this doesn't keep coming up," Allen said.

East Baton Rouge councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5, at Ingleside church to discuss the issues with residents and cyclists.

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