Pilot program adds buffer between cyclists, drivers


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New bike lanes along North Division Avenue are part of an initiative to make Grand Rapids an easier city to get around in and a safer place to bike.

The lanes were installed last month through a partnership between the city and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. In addition to painted lines, bicyclists are separated from vehicle traffic by a series of posts between Michigan Street and Coldbrook Street.

"I love it. It's a little extra separation from the traffic. You feel a little safer with those extra pylons in the middle," cyclist Jason Smith said.

The lanes are part of the "A Better Bikeway" pilot program. They were designed based on public input DGRI and the city have received.

"Most people's comments are they're concerned about traffic safety and speeding and cars getting too close to them; just feeling very uncomfortable traveling so close to traffic," Grand Rapids Transportation Planning/Programs Supervisor Kristin Bennett said.

The changes are already getting good reviews from some cyclists.

Full story: WOOD TV


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