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First 2-way protected bike lane opens in downtown Phoenix

(Courtesy photo/City of Phoenix)

PHOENIX — Bicyclists in downtown Phoenix can now enjoy a new two-way protected bike lane, the city’s first such bicycle amenity.

The two-way protected bike lane recently opened on Third Avenue between Roosevelt Street and McDowell Road, the city announced in a press release.

The bike lane is physically separated from the street, which is a northbound-only road for vehicle traffic.

It is part of the Third and Fifth Avenues Improvement Project which aims to increase safety, improve corridor circulation and expand bicycle facilities in downtown Phoenix, according to the release.

Additional parts of the project, which also include shade structures and enhanced landscape in select sections, drainage modifications as well as pavement resurfacing, are still under construction with an estimated completion of sometime this year.

Street parking on Third Avenue between Roosevelt Street and McDowell Road is only available on the west side of the street.

Bicyclists are asked to stay on the right side of the bicycle lane in your direction of travel and allow ample space for people riding in the opposite direction.

The two-way protected lanes are only intended for people riding a bicycle.

Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department plans to continue the bike lane north of McDowell Road on 3rd Avenue when funding is available, according to the release.

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