Springfield awarded over $200K to improve bike lanes and pedestrian safety

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – New bike lanes are being added to Springfield streets. Several more miles, in fact.

During the past year, the city’s Department of Public Works has created 30 miles of bike-friendly streets.

Starting in September, more miles of the city’s major arteries will be refitted to accommodate people who ride bicycles.

DPW Director Christopher Cignoli told 22News that the city has already received the money to make it happen.

“We had about 18 or 19 different locations that we wanted to look at for the introduction of bike lanes, new sidewalks,” Cignoli explained. “And we received $207,000 from the state.”

Starting in September, new bicycle lanes will begin appearing on Roosevelt Avenue and Wilbraham Road.

“Five or six years ago, we had no bike lanes in the city; now we’re up over 30 miles,” Cignoli said. “With this, it’s going to be even more. What we’re really trying to do is branch out from the existing [bike routes] so that people have a lot safer options to be able to get wherever they need to go.”

The plan is to have more high school and college students ride their bicycles safely to school.

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