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Temporary pop-up bicycle lanes appear in downtown Kalamazoo

Temporary pop-up bicycle lanes appear in downtown Kalamazoo

A bicyclist rides on a protective bike lane along Lovell Street in Kalamazoo August 5, 2022 (Mike Krafcik/WWMT) <p>{/p} KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Plastic barriers installed…

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A bicyclist rides on a protective bike lane along Lovell Street in Kalamazoo August 5, 2022 (Mike Krafcik/WWMT) <p>{/p} KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Plastic barriers installed along several Kalamazoo streets are already slowing down drivers, as part of an effort to increase accessibility and safety for bicyclists in Kalamazoo.

A new two-way cycle track was installed in downtown Kalamazoo as part of a two-month pilot program.

The flexible material, known as the bike wave system, was installed along an one-mile stretch of Lovell Street, where it will remain until September.

The same barriers have already been installed, and their effectiveness studied, on Westnedge Avenue and Park Street in Kalamazoo.

City officials say they slowed down traffic by up to 5 miles an hour, which could save lives in the event of a collision.

"Being able to see Kalamazoo is creating an infrastructure for cyclists, it feels like I can explore Kalamazoo more," cyclist Michael Pamplin said.

The barriers are five to six feet wide in both directions, which allows for two way bike traffic in certain sections.The city currently only has unidirectional bike lines."Not only is it new because it’s buffered, it’s new because it’s the first type of cycle track facility," said Kalamazoo City planner Christina Anderson. "We’re looking at how it’s used, its impacts and the feelings of the switch of the space from on-street parking to bike facility," Anderson said.ModeShift Kalamazoo, a group of local cyclists, the Vine Neighborhood association and the City of Kalamazoo partnered to install a pilot "Wave Barrier" bicycle […]

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