About the Shreveport Pilot Program
The Bike Path Pilot Program is an adjunct of the city’s efforts to resurface all minor arterial and collector streets in 2017 and 2018. The full plan details how $46 million dollars have been spent in the past two years to improve our roadways and is “the most aggressive citywide street improvement efforts in Shreveport’s history.”
Appendix D, Bike Path Consideration for Streets, designates 3 recently-resurfaced streets in Highland neighborhoods for new bikeways when the roads are painted, or striped. These first bike lanes fit into a collaborative master plan that will connect into downtown and throughout Caddo Parish.
The path creates a loop connecting downtown and South Highlands through Highland. Gilbert Drive will be narrowed from a 4 lane street into 2 car lanes with 2 distinct bike lanes. Creswell will have bike sharrows as it is a highly-utilized bike artery.
The decision on where to place these bikeways was developed over three years using the bottom-up strategy of adopting streets already frequently used by Shreveport cyclists. The City of Shreveport’s plan has picked streets wide enough to accommodate a separate bike lane without displacing cars or significant parking spaces and will offer cyclists safer access to key locations, such as grocery stores and schools. The placement of the lanes also connects a target, low-income neighborhood, a priority the City has stated previously.
What are Bike Lanes?
Bike lanes are designated by a white stripe, a bicycle symbol, and signage that alerts all road users that a portion of the roadway is for exclusive use by bicyclists. Bike lanes enable bicyclists to travel at their preferred speed and facilitate predictable behavior and movements between bicyclists and motorists. A bike lane is located adjacent to motor vehicle travel lanes or parking lanes, and flows in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic.
What are Bike Sharrows?
Bike sharrows are on-road markings used to remind drivers that bikes may be present on the roadway. By law, bicycles are allowed to ride on any street anywhere and use the full lane to do so. However, there are areas that are more heavily traveled by bikes and those roadways will receive markings on the road as a visual reminder to drivers.