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Seattle Unveils New Bike Plan To Protect Cyclists, Increase Ridership

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(CBS Seattle) — There were more than bike collisions in Seattle last year, and the city wants to see that number come down. According to KIRO TV, city planners want to add 100 miles of cycle tracks, which are bike lanes with a curb to separate bikes from regular traffic. The goal is to cut the number of collisions in half and increase ridership by making cyclists feel safer.

One of these tracks would run along Second Avenue in downtown. Bicyclists have told city planners they don’t feel safe on Second, according to KIRO. There were four collisions reported on Second near Cherry Street in 2011. The same number of collisions occurred at Boylston and East Pine Street, KIRO reports. Part of the plan also includes painting designated areas near intersections where cyclists could wait to make turns.

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