Biking from Lansing's east side to the city's downtown could get a whole lot easier.  The city is finishing plans for an east side connector pedestrian and bike route that would extend from the area of Frandor shopping center to the eastern edge of Lansing's downtown.

The route, just over 3 miles in total, would connect bike lanes along city streets to sidewalks and a paved bike path.

In all, the additions would extend from the east side of Frandor to Grand Avenue.  The city may extend the route farther west than Grand Avenue into the downtown.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the city has secured close to $500,000 for the project from a Federal Highway Administration grant.  The remaining cost, about $125,000, will come from the city's allocation of the state gas tax.