LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A city council committee voted down a resolution by a 4-to-3 vote that would ban bike lanes on the soon to be renovated Gillette Street on the north side, but this does not mean it is over yet.
Next Thursday, March 14th, the issue goes before the full council. Council member Scott Neumeister introduced a resolution prohibiting bike lane construction on Gillette Street from Rose Street to Onalaska Avenue and leaving parking lanes on both sides of the street.
Neumeister said he is not opposed to bike lanes, just that he feels Gillette Street, in particular, has heavy traffic and it is a safety concern.
“You know you win some you lose some, I thought it was important enough to bring legislation to try to stop it I was obviously on the losing end to that, and it happens, but at least we got our say, and I think we voiced concerns that will be addressed, and I think in future we’ll do a much better job working with each other instead of against each other on these kinds of things,” said Neumeister.
If the council votes down the resolution again, this summer construction will begin for a bike lane on Gillette Street.
On Wednesday, News 19 will have a more in-depth story on this topic. Community members from both sides of the bike lane debate will express themselves.