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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bikes Belong - Green Lane focus cities. *SPOILER ALERT!* Columbus is not one of them.


Green Lane focus cities

The Green Lane Project has selected the six focus cities that will be national leaders in creating comfortable spaces for people on bikes over the next two years:
  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
The six cities were chosen from a pool of forty-two city applications. The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for bicycling supported by their elected officials and communities. They are poised to get projects on the ground quickly and will serve as excellent examples for other interested cities.
Project director Martha Roskowski said, “We are delighted to be working with these forward-thinking cities. They are a range of sizes, spread across the country, and at various stages in terms of developing networks for bicycles. What they share is a strong commitment to rethinking how city streets are used and making room for bicycles.”
The Green Lane Project will provide resources and technical assistance to help the six focus cities accomplish their goals of creating protected space for people on bikes. Over the next two months, the Green Lane Project will work with elected officials, staff, and community groups in each city to finalize details, solidify the vision, and identify the unique story each city can tell. Details will be released at a national kickoff May 30-31 in Chicago.

What the Green Lane Project offers to the focus cities


A powerful partnership

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -- John F. Kennedy
The Project will staff an informal partnership between the six cities, providing a forum for collaboration and leveraging successes. The functioning and focus of the partnership will be determined, in large part, by the needs and priorities of the cities involved.
When cities need creative solutions, they often turn to other cities for ideas, experience and inspiration. A partnership of the six cities on the forefront of installing protected bike facilities can be a very useful forum for information sharing and joint problem solving. The Project staff will facilitate this communication, do additional research, and capture the results to share as best practices. Areas for discussion could include topics such as economic impacts of new facilities, successful outreach strategies, and design related issues such as ADA compliance.
A second powerful aspect of the partnership is in working with US DOT and other agencies. The partnership will function as a multi-city pilot effort to test and implement new designs and approaches, with a focus on identifying barriers and building support at federal and state agency levels. The Project will work with the focus cities to explore whether additional funding for implementation can be identified.

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