The campus is all torn up around the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. But, it's slowly starting to come together. And first up is a bike lane running through the heart of campus. It's been a long time coming. The University's Director of Transportation, Cheri Solieau, says it's all to make the university more accessible.
"We're going to put in more bike racks and lockers and more amenities to encourage people to ride bicycles more often and do so in safe, secure locations," said Solieau.
On Tuesday, crews laid down the road striping along St. Mary Street. A few weather setbacks kept the bike lanes from opening before school started this semester. But, workers are busy and now nearing completion.
Solieau says the bike lanes should be done by next week. Students like Kyle Price, a freshman, say it may make their commute much easier.
"I'm more of a walker. I walk everywhere," said Price. "But, I would consider riding my bike now that they've made improvements."
And a new parking garage set for completion later this year will open up nearly 1,100 parking spots to students and the public. Many are hoping it will alleviate unnecessary parking stress.
"I want students to think about finals, their tests, their papers, or whatever it is that is due and not worry or stress about where to park," said Solieau.
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