Protected bike lanes on Cleveland’s streets should be given serious consideration: editorial

Photo: Behnke Associates, Inc., and Michael Baker Corp.

A proposal to construct a 2.3-mile protected bikeway along Lorain Avenue in Ohio City could be the first step in truly transforming Cleveland into a bike-friendly town.

Unlike the more traditional bike lanes, designated by a white line painted some five feet from a curb or shoulder, a protected lane includes an actual physical barrier to separate bicyclists from motorists. The added safety factor from such a barrier could encourage many more people to take up cycling, according to Jacob VanSickle, executive director of nonprofit Bike Cleveland.



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