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A project approved this week by the Ames City Council aims at creating a friendlier environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the Campustown area. The project will focus on the 100 and 200 blocks of Welch Avenue and consist of parking spaces being removed from the east side of the street to make way for street furniture and cement planters, while at the same time markings will be placed on the street to make drivers more aware of cyclists who share the road since they are prohibited from riding on the sidewalk in that area.

The total cost of the project is budgeted at $32,000, which includes $10,000 for the benches, tables, bike racks and other types of street furniture.

The planters will be placed at the end of parking spaces to designate an area for the street furniture, while in the road, shared use arrows, or sharrows, will be painted on the street to instruct drivers to be mindful of bicycle traffic.

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