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Green bike lanes being installed in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Iowa's first permanent green bicycle lanes are being installed in Cedar Rapids.

The lanes will be installed on 3rd Street SE, at the intersection of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue.

Cedar Rapids was the first to demo green bike lanes in June, painting a 50 square-foot green section on 3rd Avenue. This full installation will mark Iowa's first green bike lanes.

The green bike lanes will be installed 50 feet leading into and out of the intersection on 3rd Street. The northbound and southbound bike lanes and parking lanes on 3rd Street will be temporarily blocked off approximately 100 feet before and after the 3rd Avenue intersection during the installation. Normal parking will be restored by the end of the day Friday.

Clearly-marked bike lanes increase safety for drivers and cyclists, according to officials. Green bike lanes are designated travel lanes for cyclists, and help call attention to intersections where a car and bike may conflict.

Cars may move into the green bike lane when making a right-hand turn 50 feet from the intersection, when they are pulling into driveways, or when they are crossing the bike lane to park (after yielding to bikes).

The bright green paint clearly calls attention to areas where cyclists may be riding, and encourages drivers to use extra caution when making a right-hand turn.

Two-thirds of all bike/car conflicts occur at intersections, where the green bike lanes call the most attention to drivers, officials say. Green lanes also help organize traffic on the road, and encourage bicyclists to position themselves more accurately as they travel across intersections.

The green paint is a durable liquid pavement marking that includes epoxy and methyl methacrylate (MMA) and includes anti-skid additives. This textured paint is the approved color by the Federal Highway Administration, and will not require maintenance for 4-5 years.
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