Comments wanted: City of Lincoln, Nebraska releases 144-mile on-street cycling plan

The future of bicycling in Lincoln could include 144 miles of on-street upgrades — bike routes and bike boulevards, bike lanes and buffered lanes and separated lanes and side paths.

Just not all at once.

It could take years for the city to find the funding to make the new Lincoln Bike Plan’s recommendations reality, though planners now have a list of 135 prioritized projects.

“This plan might not be fully realized within the next 10 to 20 years,” said Kellee Van Bruggen, a city transportation planner. “But it helps prioritize what the needs are.”

Van Bruggen and a consulting firm have been drafting the plan since May, drawing heavily on help from the cycling and noncycling public through open houses, online surveys, calls and emails.

The result: A 52-page draft plan that will guide the city’s construction of on-street bike passages. But not just yet, because the city is seeking more public comments through the end of the month.