Butte looks to expand city's network of bike lanes, trails


BUTTE, Mont. - Butte-Silver Bow is working on a plan to expand the city's network of bike lanes and trails. If the Council of Commissioners approves, new bike lanes would be added throughout Uptown and the flats area. Plans call for adding bike lanes from Dewey Boulevard to Front Street, Meadowlark to Dewey, Massachusetts to Continental and Four Mile Road to Burlington. But city leader have yet to finalize locations for bike lanes throughout Uptown. Ideally they'd have two east routes and two north-south routes. The Uptown bike routes will connect to the flats-area lanes, making it easier for bikers to get around town. "When we say walkability, we mean bikeability, connectivity of how people can get around and when you make it easy for them, that is a factor in determining the health of your community," said Community Development Director Karen Byrnes. The city is looking at some of the wider streets to add bike lanes, carving a little bit of space from driving and parking lanes. We spoke to one man who bikes through the Mining City regularly; he said the new lanes will improve an already great system. "We have a great trail system already, and we're fortunate to have it and this will only enhance that, so I think this is a great opportunity for everybody to get out there and do something healthy," said Butte resident Chris Harris. Designs for the Uptown area's bike routes could be finalized as early as June.