Cyclists Gear Up to Discuss New Infrastructure
Owners should register their bikes for many reasons. Photo by Allison Birr

Cyclists Gear Up to Discuss New Infrastructure

If you live in Stevens Point and your bike is not registered, you could receive a fine of $150.

Many bike riders are unaware of the laws put in place to protect them and their beloved bikes. With that in mind, the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee held a workshop at the Portage county library on Thursday Mar 3 to educate cyclists on laws regarding bikes.

The workshop was open to anyone who wished to learn more about biking and walking safety laws. The event also allowed people to voice their opinion on how Stevens Point could make biking and walking safer.

Different organizations held booths at the workshop to provide information regarding biking and walking on the streets.

John Pawlak, owner of Point Area Bicycle Service, had a booth at the workshop and he gave a walk-through on fixing flattened bike tires on the go. The Stevens Point Police Department hosted a booth with information on bike registration.

The Police Department recommends licensing your bike. Doing so makes recovering stolen bicycles easier for both the owner and law enforcement officials. In addition, getting your bike licensed provides the city with a better estimate of how many bikes are on the road. This knowledge may encourage the city to implement more bike-friendly infrastructure.

When asked about the goals for the meeting, Trevor Rorak, vice chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said, “To get public feedback on what our committee should prioritize and to implement more bike friendly infrastructure in Stevens Point.”

Creating bike lanes, having more bike racks and bike shelters around the city and educating bicyclists are some of the ways the committee would like to work with the city of Stevens Point to make biking and walking easier and safer throughout the city.

The Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee just applied for a large grant through the Transportation Alternatives Program for funding bike lanes on major streets in Stevens Point such as Main St. and Clark St.

Nicolas Ruzicka, economics and political science major, said “I’m interested in the plans the mayor has for changing the city to be more bike-friendly. There are streets that are pretty much death traps if you bike down there.”

Ruzicka also said, “I’m looking for what the university can do as a campus to coordinate with the city to make the city itself more bike-friendly.”

The university is taking small steps to achieve this as well.

SGA just approved a new bike shelter for campus, which will keep bikes dry and in working order. The university is working to make campus more acceptable to bikes in the future with different initiatives from students and faculty.

Genevieve Adamski

Reporter

gadam590@uwsp.edu

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