PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project will begin accepting applications today from U.S. cities hoping to be among the next six selected to lead the way in building protected bike lanes.
The Green Lane Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Launched in 2012, the Project has worked closely with six major U.S. cities – Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Memphis, TN, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC – for the past two years to speed the installation of protected bikes lanes around the country. Protected bike lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts.
In the Project’s first year, the number of protected bike lanes on city streets nationwide nearly doubled from 62 to 102. By time the first round concludes in early 2014, the number of lanes is expected to double again, to more than 200.After two years of intensive work with the Green Lane Project, its founding cities will continue to build their protected bike lane networks with the momentum driven by the Project, while six new cities will be enlisted into the intensive two-year program as the Green Lane Project class of 2016.
The Green Lane Project hosts hands-on workshops and study tours for city leaders, provides technical and strategic assistance, and delivers targeted grants designed to get protected bike lanes on the ground.
Protected bike lanes bring predictability and order to busy streets: drivers like knowing where to expect riders, and pedestrians report fewer bikes on the sidewalk. The lanes make roads safer for all users, reducing bike, auto and pedestrian injuries by up to 50%.
Protected lanes also add vitality and energy to the street, attracting new businesses and helping create a community people want to be in, not just move through. In New York City, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales after the construction of protected bike lanes, compared to only a 3% increase citywide.
To learn more and apply, city government agencies should visit www.greenlaneproject2.org.
Applications are open from October 18, 2013 through January 2014. The six new cities will be announced in Spring 2014. To receive application and project updates, signup to receive the Green Lane Project weekly news. Watch a video here.
About the Green Lane Project
The Green Lane Project is a program created by the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, a movement to unite millions of people to improve bicycling in America. The Project helps cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It is focused on protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts.