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'Green Lane Project' starts showing its color

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From Cleveland Avenue to Bellevue Boulevard, city crews have been rolling lime green on the road. From Cleveland Avenue to Bellevue Boulevard, city crews have been rolling lime green on the road.

(WMC-TV) - The bike lane project in Midtown is feeling green. The city of Memphis is one of six cities across the country working with Green Lane Project the initiative.

"We've got the lanes, that's the first step. The next step is visibility. And then the third step is only continuing that education and educating drivers on what that means," said Victory Bicycle Studio co-owner Clark Butcher.

From Cleveland Avenue to Bellevue Boulevard, city crews have been rolling lime green on the road.

"It's good for visibility," said Butcher. "You can't miss them. They're bright green."

Three-tenths of a mile will eventually become a full 15 miles of not just dedicated bike lanes but fully protected dedicated bike lanes with buffers between passing cars and cyclists.

"As a cyclist, you start feeling more protected. This is your lane and [cars] can't be in it," said Butcher.

Victory Bicycle Studio is on Broad Avenue, where temporary bike lanes are slated for an overhaul to green lanes.

"Yes, it's your lane. Yes, it's painted. No, cars are not allowed; it doesn't mean they can't, you know, get there. So, you've still gotta ride defensively and be completely aware," said Butcher.

For more information, click one of the links below:

  • http://bikepedmemphis.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/memphis-constructing-first-protected-bike-lane
  • http://bikepedmemphis.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/memphis-announces-major-initiatives-for-protected-bike-lanes/

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