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Baker city council looks to add more bike signs

4 years 11 months 5 days ago Thursday, March 19 2015 Mar 19, 2015 March 19, 2015 5:44 PM March 19, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

BAKER - The Baker city council approved an ordinance for more bike signs on roads, but with the city struggling with money there are concerns.

The council approved an ordinance last week to add additional bicycle symbols and "Share the Road" signs to about a dozen more streets. So far, there are about 24 streets listed that'll have bicycle signs.

City Councilman Charles Vincent proposed the idea. He says it's not going to cost the city anything but manpower, which could cost the city a couple of thousand dollars.

"It's a minimum cost due to that fact that five years ago we purchased a number of signs.. we have the stencils," said Vincent. "We're trying to let the public know summer is coming and spring is here so the bikers and the cyclist will be out there."

Bicycle signs have already been place on the front entrance of some neighborhoods, and some streets have been marked down on the ground. However, the mayor says that this shouldn't be a priority. He also says there's already a shortage in manpower already.

"As the mayor, there are more pressing issues right now," said Baker Mayor Harold Rideau. "We are going to have to do a budget for additional revenue... this is obviously not going to generate any revenue."

Some council members have offered to volunteer to help with the signs to save money.

Here's the list of streets that'll be placed with bicycle symbols:

Brantley Dr.
Alba Dr.
Ector Dr.
Melban Dr.
Morvant Dr.
Oak Bend Dr.
Woodward St.
Longvue Dr.
Harrison St.
Sinbad Dr.
Wimbish Dr.
Greenwood Dr.
Debra St.
Baker Blvd.

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