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Battle city over bike path at University Research Park


MADISON (WKOW) -- The city's public works committee passed a proposal that builds a bike path that runs through University Research Park on Madison's west side.

The path would start on the dead end on Tacora Lane and would run 700 feet across University Research Park, connecting with Science Drive.

City officials say the path would turn what could be a 4,000 ft. commute into 400 feet.

Officials say besides busy streets like Tokay Boulevard and Mineral Point Road, there is no easy access to the area.

Opponents at the city's Public Works Committee hearing Wednesday argue bike routes exist in the neighborhood and say there is very little bike traffic to and from University Research Park.

Area resident Joe Lincoln called the project a waste of taxpayer dollars.

"It's tough economic times right now and to spend this money here seems ridiculous, there are other cases where people are paying for curb and gutter and I realize it's a different budget but they can use that money," Lincoln says.

"We'll spend $3 million on bikes and quite a bit more on automobiles so this is a very tiny drop in our budget and in our opinion well spent," says Madison Public Works Engineer Tony Fernandez.

He estimates the project would cost around $70,000 and expects the bike path, if approved, to increase bike traffic in the area to about 40 to 50 a day.

The proposal now heads to the city's common council.

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