New bike lanes in Tupelo neighborhood receive praise and concern

After a year-long voting process, the Joyner Neighborhood Association has added new bike lanes to neighborhood streets.

Posted: Aug 1, 2019 7:17 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2019 9:37 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- After a year-long voting process, the Joyner Neighborhood Association has added new bike lanes to neighborhood streets.

Tupelo resident Daryl Owens feels the new bike lanes will help residents in the Joyner community in many ways.

"It may encourage people to get out and exercise," said Owens.

Some residents feel that recent driving activity in the neighborhood is causing other residents to feel that walking, running, or biking in the area is a risk.
"It causes a lot of safety issues, honestly, for people that are biking and walking," said resident Jenny Savely.

Savely said the new bike lanes help to relieve that fear.

"I think it's going to slow down a lot of the traffic and bring it back to primarily residential use," said Savely.

But not all residents are in favor of the bike lanes.

Some have shown opposition to the new bike lanes on Facebook.

Some residents say the new lanes make the roads too slim for drivers.

They feel the only safe solution is to make the road a one-way street. Owens feels if drivers are willing to share, the road is safe to remain as is.
"It's safe to continue as a two-lane road. People will respect the bicyclists as they see them, so I think it'll work out just fine," said Owens.

Don Lewis, Tupelo's chief of operations officer, said the road will remain a two-lane road.

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