BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) – The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project will conduct two-year programs to build protected bike lanes in six new U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It's the second edition of the project; in 2012, the program began working with Austin, Texas, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
The cities will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create the lanes. The six cities were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.
Green lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts intended to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for more people.
"It was extremely difficult to narrow down our selection to just six cities; we are seeing an upsurge of interest in making bicycling stress-free on busy city streets," said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes vice president of local innovation. "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."
Since 2012 the number of protected bike lanes on city streets nationwide has nearly doubled from 80 to 142 – with more than half of all growth coming from the Project's initial six focus cities. The Green Lane Project will officially begin collaboration with the new cities following a kickoff event and press conference in Indianapolis in late April.
More information: greenlaneproject.org.