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Bike Lanes Planned for April

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As DC sets aside new bike-only lanes downtown, the agency expects to see more cyclists hitting the streets.

Jim Sebastian is with DC's Department of Transportation. "We're up to about three percent of DC residents bike to work, which is tripled since 1990." Sebastian expects to see that percentage go up, and wants to make cyclists safer on the roads.

A pilot program to lay bike-only lanes will start with Pennsylvania Avenue before moving on to I and J Streets and 5th and 19th Streets northwest. "Bicyclists are not just the lycra-clad racers you see out in the countryside or courriers downtown. These are people going every day in their business suits to work, or to the coffee shop. They're not biking just to bike. They're biking to get somewhere." Work on the bike-only lanes is set to begin in April.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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