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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Green Lane Project to increase safety and put motorists, bicyclists at ease (Columbus not one) [fastlane.dot.gov]


Although National Bike Month has come to a close, there's good news for bicyclists and motorists in six cities today: the Green Lane Project from Bikes Belong is underway. And last week in Chicago, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez was on hand for the official launch.
What exactly are green lanes? They are next-generation bike lanes carefully separated from vehicle lanes by a buffer of curbs, thin posts, attractive planters, or even parked cars.

Bikes Belong has selected six cities as pilots for the Green Lane Project. By working together and sharing resources and best practices, these cities hope to develop world-class bike networks on busy city streets. Bikes Belong will provide them with strategic and technical assistance and will work to share the lessons learned with other communities interested in supporting bicycling as a means of transportation.
DOT and the Federal Highway Administration like traffic-separated lanes because they increase safety. And bicycle infrastructure is much less expensive to build and maintain than either transit or roadways, so communities get a bigger bang for their buck.
The FHWA has been working to revamp some of its guidelines to make these projects easier to develop. As Administrator Mendez said, "The work of cities like Chicago and the other Green Lane Project communities will help us improve our future design recommendations."

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