Cycling advocacy group People for Bikes has selected six U.S. cities to receive funding and consultation for new protected bike lanes, as part of its Green Lane Project. The annual Project collaborates with cities over two years to expedite the installation of protected bike lanes, one of the ways People for Bikes aims to establish bike-friendly, lower-stress streets. This past January, the group published a report documenting how protected bike lanes help local businesses, drawn partially from cities selected by their Green Lane program.
This year's cities are Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA. During its first two programs (2012 and 2013), the Green Lane Project was responsible for nearly half of the entire nation's increase in protected bike lanes, growing from 80 to 142. Previous cities that benefited from the program include Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, and Washington, DC -- now serving as mentors for future cities chosen by the Project.
The 2014 Project will officially begin in late April, with a gathering and press conference in Indianapolis, IN.