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Bike path opens in downtown Biloxi

The ribbon cutting was held Wednesday morning in the wake of two recent bicycle accidents along the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX) The ribbon cutting was held Wednesday morning in the wake of two recent bicycle accidents along the Coast. (Photo source: WLOX)
Other areas downtown could be getting bike paths soon, including Veterans Avenue, Reynoir Street and MLK Boulevard. (Photo source: WLOX) Other areas downtown could be getting bike paths soon, including Veterans Avenue, Reynoir Street and MLK Boulevard. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A brand new bike path in downtown Biloxi officially opened Wednesday. The ribbon cutting was held Wednesday morning in the wake of two recent bicycle accidents along the Coast.

City officials are hoping to increase safety measures with the new path. The bike lane runs along the north side of the road.

"It's one of the big safety features that we can add for our citizens and make it enjoyable," said Public Works Director Dan Gaillet.

The bike lane was a feature that the city wanted to add during road improvements in preparation for Biloxi baseball. Gaillet says studies were done to see if the lanes would work.

"Looking at lane widths, we did some traffic engineering studies. We looked at traffic volumes to see whether or not the streets were conducive to adding bike lanes," Gaillet said.

The department found that it would, in fact, be feasible. The bike lanes were worked into a $350,000 budget for the Howard Avenue area.

"We're just really excited that Biloxi stepped up and made this happen," said cyclist Duncan Perkins.

As Vice President of the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club, Perkins is happy with the city's efforts.

"Any kind of help that we can get to push cyclists and pedestrian traffic off of Highway 90 is a great thing, just like they did here on Howard. Some other towns could definitely benefit from that same idea," Perkins said.

That idea is part of something Mayor FoFo Gilich said is driving the city at the moment, and he hopes to continue that momentum.

"There's an energy and excitement in Biloxi right now, and we're going to do our part to keep it clean and keep it friendly, keep it beautiful. So, this excitement, I think it can result in some really good things," said Gilich.

Other areas downtown could be getting bike paths soon, including Veterans Avenue, Reynoir Street and MLK Boulevard.

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