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Letter: Salisbury will benefit from improved resources for bicycling

Thanks in advance, Salisbury City Council, for your consideration in forming a bicycle/pedestrian committee.

As a county resident who spends many hours in and around our city, I appreciate all that has been done in the past to promote safety and convenience for walking and biking. However, recent experiences and research have shown that much more can be done and that it is a proven tool for economic growth.

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., with my daughter and two granddaughters, we parked the car and rode bicycles everywhere. Bike lanes are provided almost everywhere as well as ample structures for locking bikes.

We saw things, ate at restaurants and shopped at small, locally owned stores. It was awesome.

If you are familiar with Greenville, S.C., you might have noticed the growth in that city as a “destination” since their investment in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

While our city is a bit smaller than these examples, we do have what it takes to be a destination location, with our history, arts community, and locally sourced food and drink scene.

Let’s make Salisbury even better by encouraging the growing cycle and foot traffic.

— Linda Bartlett

Salisbury

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