The Concord, New Hampshire City Council recently voted to accept a set of plans for their downtown area that could be used to redevelop and revitalize their city. Part of that plan involved $4.71 million in federal TIGER grant funds for the revitalization of their main street, which will include shared bicycle lanes in both directions.
The decision came after hours of testimony from business owners and residents from the community.
Gerry Carrier, the owner of Little River Oriental Rugs, spoke for a number of downtown merchants, about 85, who were originally concerned about the project but were now in favor of the effort. He said that repeatedly, they had heard from customers that parking was a problem, safer crosswalks were needed, and traffic was too fast on the street.
The council plans to draft designs and a funding plan for the spring.
To read more: Concord Patch.