La Crosse officials look for input on proposed ‘greenway’

Members of the community got the chance to share their views on a future project to make a stretch of road more pedestrian-friendly.

The city of La Crosse is looking at making Avon Street between Monitor Street and Moore Street on the north side a “greenway” or “bicycle boulevard.”

The nearly 2-mile stretch of road would be converted to include more room for people riding bikes and other pedestrians, while slowing vehicle traffic.

City planners unveiled their first concept plans at a public input session Wednesday night.

Associate Planner Lewis Kuhlman says things like greenways are all about giving people in those neighborhoods more than one way to get around.

“We’re making sure we’re giving people alternatives so they feel comfortable biking on the street and feel like they can get to where they need to go quickly,” said Kuhlman.

City planners will take the input from Wednesday’s meeting and present it to the city’s bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee before engineers start to develop a specific plan for the greenway.