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West Lafayette building streets for the future

West Lafayette is building streets for the future. The city's Director of Development said the goal is to accommodate the growing number of people choosing to use alternate forms of transportation.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 11:10 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette is building streets for the future. The city's Director of Development said the goal is to accommodate the growing number of people choosing to use alternate forms of transportation.

Whether you prefer running, riding a scooter or driving a car, the city's got you covered. 

"Twenty-seven miles of paved trails in West Lafayette, there's tons of choices," said Patrick Atkinson. 

Atkinson said he and his wife were drawn to the area because of those options. 

"I try to do a 5k everyday...keeps me healthy and makes me feel good."

Atkinson likes that many of the streets in West Lafayette aren't just drive-able, they're walk-able and ride-able too.

"This is not just the future of West Lafayette this is something that's being seen not only nationwide but internationally," said Director of Development Erik Carlson. 

He said alternate forms of transportation are a major factor in how the city is being designed.

"We want to make sure that there is a place in every development that they have that chance to have whether it's a pull off for an Uber to come pick somebody up or drop somebody off, or spaces for Zagster bikes or scooters to be able to come and park."

Evidence of the city's efforts can already be seen in the massive State Street project.

"We tore up stuff from that road that was put in in the 1800s so how do we make sure that we build a road that was going to bring whatever comes next, take whatever comes next," said Carlson.

Carlson said in just the past year, transportation choices have grown and he doesn't expect that trend to slow down anytime soon.

"Scooters or hover crafts whatever would come into the future, we need to make sure we are preparing for those eventualities," he said. 

Carlson said the city is also working to make sure new development is ready for the future. For example, as West Lafayette leaders design the new city hall their hope is to make room for things like scooter and bike parking.

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