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Beckley Mayor Wants City to be Bike, Pedestrian Friendly

Beckley leaders are trying to make the city friendlier to foot traffic and bicyclists.

WVVA-TV reports the move by Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold comes as students at WVU Tech get ready for the upcoming semester.

A major part of the plan involves making better use of the Lewis McManus Trail that circles the city. Rappold says in order to make the trail more accessible to foot and bike traffic between Uptown and Harper Road, the city will be working to direct traffic toward the tunnel under Robert C. Byrd Drive.

Over the last year, several pedestrians have been hit trying to cross Byrd Drive to reach businesses on Harper Road. Rappold says a ramp may be built on the other side of the tunnel that would allow easier access to the businesses.