- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A rapidly transforming area of downtown Detroit could see two-way, buffered bike lanes and improvements for pedestrians as early as next year.

Construction would come among a slate of similar changes pegged for other nearby downtown areas and could coincide with the launch of Detroit Bike Share, which is planned in the spring, the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/2hjelrs ) reported.

The plans would add to Detroit’s growing bike infrastructure, which includes an estimated 200 miles of bike lanes, and further the push toward separating bike traffic from other forms of traffic.

Downtown Detroit Partnership CEO Eric Larson said the goal is to continue building and improving the infrastructure for various types of mobility. He said embracing alternative ways of transportation is a key ingredient for a successful community.

“Alternative forms of mobility are very much a part of what makes or breaks a community,” Larson said.

The proposal could cost up to $3 million if implemented fully. Funding for the project would come from a variety of sources, including the state and federal government as well as private and nonprofit groups, said Larson.

Details for the project haven’t been finalized, and Larson said feedback on the proposal is being sought.

Bike share systems currently operate in more than 70 cities in the United States and are promoted as last-mile connectors for other forms of transportation.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com


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