By TONY FLESOR
Providence Road is undergoing changes to make it safer and more accessible for cyclists.
Sam Budzyna, 24, is an MU student and a bike mechanic at Tryathletics. He commutes daily from his home near Old Plank Road to the MU campus by avoiding Providence Road and using side streets. Still, he said he watches out for cars and gets honked at a lot.
Budzyna said he looks forward to using a new trail that is intended to provide a safer and more direct route.
The new trail is the Providence Bikeway South, which most residents have likely noticed under construction by now. It’s a 10-foot wide concrete trail that runs from Rock Bridge Elementary to Green Meadows Road.
The intersection of Green Meadows and Providence is also getting updates right now. Three “right-turn pedestrian havens,” crosswalk markings and countdowns on crosswalk signals are being added.
GetAbout Columbia is sponsoring both projects. The bikeway is expected to be finished this fall. The intersection construction is expected to be finished in December.