More bike plans coming to El Paso

El Paso is working to make the city more bicycle-friendly.

More bike lanes are coming to El Paso, in an effort to make the city more bike-friendly.

People who use the lanes on a daily basis said they’re happy to finally see El Paso recognize the need.

"I try to stay on the bike as much as I can,” said avid bicyclist, Cesar Flores.

Cycling has become a hobby and exercise trend for many folks in the borderland.

"It's a stress reliever,” said avid bicyclist Arturo Poblano.

They said being out on the roadways isn’t always ideal.

"Because there's always that little zone, that you don't want to encroach on their lane and you don't want them, of course, encroaching in your area,” said Flores.

Now, the city of El Paso is working on a multimillion-dollar project to make sharing the road less stressful.

"I think El Paso is starting to take notice that we are becoming a cycling city,” said Poblano.

City Council approved a two-phase project, this week, to create more bike lanes.

The first phase focuses mostly on the west and central sides of town, adding lanes on: Alabama Street from Atlas Avenue to Arizona Avenue; Viscount Boulevard from Montwood Drive to I-10; Resler Drive from Belvidere Street to Enid Court; High Ridge Drive from Resler Drive to Franklin Hills Street; Robinson Avenue from Oregon Street to Virginia Street; Fort Boulevard from Alabama Street to Dyer Street; and Los Angeles Drive from Yandell Drive to Oregon Street.

The second phase focuses on the eastside on streets: Lomaland Drive from Trawood Drive to Pellicano Drive; Pellicano Drive from George Dieter Drive to Lomaland Drive; Trawood Drive from Springwood Drive to Yarbrough Drive; Tierra Este Road from RC Poe Road to Pebble Hills Boulevard; and Pendale Road from Yermoland Drive to North Loop Drive.

"We're becoming a big city and if you go to other cities, like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, they really take care of their cyclists,” said Poblano.

This is all part of the city of El Paso’s Comprehensive Bike Plan, council approved back in 2016, which is meant to create a broader bicycle infrastructure within the city.

The project in total is $3.5 million, mostly coming from federal funds with contributions from the city.

Cyclists told KFOX14 it’s a great start.

"Once you see more bike lanes and you see more cyclists, I think people in El Paso will be a little more respectful and realize that we are a bike city, too,” said Poblano.

The city said the first phase should start construction someone in fiscal year 2019, while the second phase will start in 2020.

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