La Crosse mayor touts progress made in bike and pedestrian safety

Bike ride with the Mayor

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat is highlighting the progress made in becoming a more bike-friendly city by hopping on a bike himself.

Kabat held a "Ride with the Mayor" event Tuesday morning as part of Bike to Work Week, leading a 2-hour tour by bike of the city.

The mayor addressed all of the improvements made in the past five years since the city rolled out its Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, but says more work needs to be done to make streets safer.

"It's really important for us as a city to be making investments in not only in our infrastructure for streets and for cars and vehicles, but also for bicycles," said Kabat.

The mayor says the city council will vote on Thursday for additional funding for street repairs in 2018, which could double the total mileage of roads repaired next year.

Kabat says those repairs would benefit people traveling in cars as well as bikes.

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