Area bikeshare study seeks community feedback

Public meetings set for Nov. 8

An organization is seeking public input on the feasibility of a program in Lake Charles and Sulphur where residents could rent bicycles that are docked at different locations.

Residents can give feedback on the Bayou Bikeshare Plan at www.bayoubikeshare.com/community-input. They can place markers for potential bike-share stations using an interactive map, leave comments on the location and take a survey.

The effort was organized by Bantam Strategy Group, a Baton Rouge-based organization hired by the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana to determine if a bike-share program would work for Lake Charles, Sulphur and McNeese State University.

Two public meetings are also scheduled Nov. 8. The first is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at McNeese’s Holbrook Student Union; the second is 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Jean Lafitte Room.

Lori Marinovich, Lake Charles assistant planning director, said tourists could use a bike-share program to view different areas of the city, like the downtown historic district. McNeese students could use bike-share stations to get around campus easier.

Because the city’s transit system is a fixed-based route, she said bike-shares may help residents who are dropped off one mile or more from work.

“A bike-share can help those gaps in transportation access,” Marinovich said.

Marinovich said public feedback is important because each city’s bike-share program is customized to fit its needs.

“We want to know what our community wants to see and how it would be connected,” she said.

Lindsey West, Bantam Strategy Group president and CEO, said in a news release that the input from the website and meetings will be used to come up with a final bike-share plan for the region.

The Bayou Bikeshare Plan is a partnership between the city of Lake Charles, city of Sulphur, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Juliet Hardtner Fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.

For more, visit the Bayou Bikeshare Facebook page.


Online: bayoubikeshare.com””Bike Share graphic

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Jones brought political calm

Local News

Ian makes landfall in Southwest Fla. as a Category 4 hurricane

Local News

McNeese ranks among top universities in South

life

PHOTO GALLERY: Real Men Wear Pink

life

Two Sowela culinary arts students have big plans for future

Local News

Multiple LC College Prep teachers no-shows in classroom

Local News

Calcasieu School Board candidates make their pitches

Local News

VIDEO: Civil rights law targets ‘cancer alley’ discrimination

Crime

Driver sought in Moss Bluff hit-and-run

Crime

Lawsuit: Furniture company subjected Black manager-in-training to hostile work environment

Local News

VIDEO: Tampa residents prepare for Hurricane Ian

Crime

9/27: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall near Tampa Wednesday night or Thursday morning

life

Peer-support PILOT program driven by students

Business

Abby McMurry Ferguson owns, operates Sulphur store founded in 1917 by her great-grandmother

Crime

Westlake firefighters protect life, property

Crime

Conviction in two-year-old double murder stands

Local News

Night show, fly-in, Thunderbirds among features announced for next year’s airshow

Crime

9/25: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

La. tourism float to roll in Beauregard Parish Fair Parade

life

SW La. school lunch menus Sept. 26-30

Local News

Ian expected to turn into hurricane on Tuesday

Local News

PHOTO GALLERY: McNeese tailgating festivities

Informer

McNeese, LSU ushered in new era of spending with coaching picks