Bicycle lane

A bicycle lane located at UT Tyler is pictured. The Tyler Bike Stripes project will connect the three college campuses within the city — Texas College, Tyler Junior College and UT Tyler.

Contractors with Stripe-A-Zone began marking streets and roadways Monday. By the middle of August, Tyler will have 36 miles of designated bicycle lanes and shared lanes increasing safety for bicyclists and drivers.

The Tyler Bike Stripes project connects 11 bicycle spokes with a centralized hub in the downtown area. The project aligns with the goals of the Tyler Area 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Active Tyler Plan addressing the needs of all users of a city’s transportation system to include using non-motorized forms of transportation.

Maps of the bike routes are available on the City of Tyler website where you can see a map of the complete overview and a map of each spoke.

The City applied for funding for the through the 2017 Transportation Alternative Set-Aside Program, a federal grant program administered locally through the Texas Department of Transportation. The program provides opportunities for cities to expand transportation choices and enhance alternative transportation infrastructure.

The grant will pay for 80 percent of the eligible costs and the city will be responsible for $108,908.28 or 20% of the $544,541.37 construction contract for the project.

The marking and sign installation is scheduled to take about 120 days depending on the weather.

The project is funded through the Half Cent Sales Tax Program.