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Monday, Dec 02 2013 01:31 PM

'First Look': Councilman Smith talks about future bike plans

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    Ward 4 Bakersfield City Councilman Bob Smith talks about bike issues on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

You may want to dust off that bicycle sitting in the garage, as new bike paths are on the way.

Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Ward 4 Bakersfield City Councilman Bob Smith talked about why he's so passionate about creating more bike paths around town.

"Fifty percent of trips are only three minutes away from your home so you can bike ride instead of driving," Smith said.

This weekend, Smith said, he took three trips to a local grocery store about a mile and half away from his home on his bike.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said he was a fan of creating more bike paths around town because it's healthy and easy.

"You save gas, you breathe in fresh air and you exercise," Cox said.

But not all streets are currently suitable for bike lanes, specifically in the Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive area -- two major streets in the northwest.

It's the enforcement and education about sharing the road for both cyclists and drivers that the City Council is working on.

When you make new bike paths, you have to make sure cyclists abide by the rules and not dart in front of major traffic streets, Smith said.

As street widening projects for bike paths begin to take place around town, Smith said he hopes the number of cyclists will begin to rise.

"We have a very low number compared to Sacramento, for example, but with more family friendly bike routes on local streets, hopefully that will encourage people to ride bikes," Smith said.

 

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