Phoenix adds green bike lanes along Grand Avenue

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 4:40 PM

PHOENIX -- Phoenix is becoming a more bike-friendly city as it recently repaved and revamped bike lanes along Grand Avenue.

The new bike lanes stretch along Grand Avenue between Van Buren Street and 7th Avenue to the south and between 15th Avenue and Roosevelt Street to the north.

The lanes are painted a bright green to remind drivers that there are bikers on the street.

Patrick Morgan, a business owner on Grand Avenue and a biker, is very pleased by the new project.

"This means hopefully a lot more arts are going to come to the area, maybe more businesses will look at Grand and maybe move into some of these vacant buildings," Morgan said.

Morgan has noticed a lot more people riding and using the lanes already, especially during First Friday, last Friday, October 4.

The bike lane project cost about $450,000, but painting and repaving is a lot cheaper than total reconstruction.

The lanes on Grand Avenue are part of a bigger project aimed at Phoenix cyclists.

"We're working on a citywide bike master plan right now, so we're trying to get feedback on folks about that to find out where folks want more bike lanes, bike infrastructure, and to see how we can integrate that into our already existing street system," said Matthew Heil, public information officer with City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department.

There is currently a similar bike lane project going on along 1st Street.

To learn more about the project and to share areas you think should be considered for the citywide bike plan, visit: http://phoenix.gov/streets.

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