HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Some Huntington residents are trying to increase the number of people riding bikes by making it easier through the development of a map that will outline the best places to ride.
Breanna Shell is a city planner for Huntington, but she's also a bike rider. Shell made the decision three years ago to ride her bike to work. It was a decision based on sharing a car. She said it just made sense.
"I was actually living in Seattle at the time, which has a much stronger bike ethic and culture and infrastructure and all that type of mentality, so it was really friendly to that and once you get going it's very easy to see that it can be faster, more convenient. There is less maintenance and less cost. The benefits start showing really quickly," Shell said.
Shell made the move out of need and hasn't looked back. Others like former Marshall University student Dan Taylor decided riding his bike made sense.
"Honestly I got into it because gas prices were really expensive and sometimes it's frustrating. When I was a Marshall student sometimes I would drive to campus and spend more time looking for parking. It was actually faster for me to ride a bike and lock it up. I timed it. I cut five or 10 minutes off my trip," Taylor said.
Huntington residents like Shell and Taylor are just two of many that are embracing the lifestyle of using bikes as they ride from point A to point B. Others have decided to ride their bikes because it saves gas money, helps the environment or helps with exercise.
Those reasons are why Huntington officials are embracing the lifestyle. Streets like 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington already have bike lanes and Shell, Taylor and others are working on making a bike map. It would outline the best bike routes in the area that may or may not have lanes.
"That's why it's important with the map to be able to show those roads that have wider lanes and less traffic, good surfaces and so that way we can show that although it may not be marked as a bike lane this is a totally comfortable ride," Shell said.