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Bike Lanes Under Consideration for SoMa Little Rock

Public input meeting set for next week.
LITTLE ROCK, AR--  Little Rock city leaders are considering a plan to add bike lanes on Main Street in Downtown Little Rock.

City leaders say they would like to start the project this summer some time, taking a few weeks to complete it.

The project would put new asphalt on a portion of Main Street, converting it from four lanes to three lanes and adding bike lanes on both sides.

This would affect Main Street from Interstate-630 to Roosevelt Road.

Little Rock city managers say on-street parking will not be affected.

Nathanial Bostwick uses Main Street to commute everyday to work and welcomes the possibility.

"It's dangerous. A lot of the cities have upgraded with bike lanes, especially in the inner city," said Bostwick.

The new asphalt portion of the project has already been funded with a grant from an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.. But now city leaders are trying to decide whether to leave the roadway as it is or whether to convert it to three lanes with bike lanes.

Next week on May 9th, a public input meeting will be held at Studio Main on South Main Street, from 3:30 to 5:30.

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