Members of the Tyler Bicycle Club say they have reached the fundraising goal to pay for striping and safety upgrades along portions of Toll 49.
In March, Northeast Texas Regional Mobility board members voted to allow bicycle access on Segments 1, 2 and 5, a 10-mile stretch connecting Texas Highway 155 near Noonday to Texas Highway 110 near Whitehouse Bicycles are prohibited on Segments 3A and 3B, from Texas Highway 155 to Interstate 20.
The agreement was contingent upon the “bicycling community” funding the total cost of safety improvements, including striping and signs, along the three segments by the board’s July 9 meeting. Cost estimates by NETRMA staff for striping a four-foot wide bicycle lane near the outside edge of Toll 49’s shoulder and signage was $60,000.
Tyler Simpson, a member of the bicycle club, said the group raised the money and will meet with NETRMA officials, engineers and a local striping company Friday morning to discuss the next step.
“We’re cautiously excited,” he said. “We know nothing is guaranteed but we’re hopeful this is the beginning of a great public/private relationship that we can build on.”