Green Lane Project selects Seattle as new project city for protected bike lanes

Great News! The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project today announced it has selected six new U.S. cities, including Seattle, to receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to install protected bike lanes.

Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA  were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.

Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. Protected bike lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts that 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 in a statement. “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.”

In the first two years of the program, the Green Lane Project worked closely with other major U.S. cities – Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC – to build protected bike lanes. Since then, 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 six focus cities. The founding cities will continue as mentors to the new class while continuing to build their protected bike lane networks with the momentum driven by the Project.

The Green Lane Project will officially begin collaboration with the new cities following a kickoff event and press conference in Indianapolis, IN in late April.

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