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Report: 54.7 Miles Of New Bike Lanes Coming To Jersey City

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A total of 54.7 miles of bike lanes and shared bike routes will be coming to Jersey City, according to a published report.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy announced last week that the expansion of bike lanes in the city will be instituted as part of the city’s 365 Days of Green Initiative, the Star Ledger reported.

The plan will also help merchants by bike racks at discounted prices, the newspaper reported.

The 54.7 miles of bike paths will include 35.2 miles of bike-only lanes, and 19.5 miles of shared lanes with “sharrows” painted on the pavement to indicate that bicyclists can use the entire lane, the newspaper reported.

Every Jersey City neighborhood will have bike lanes once the additional lanes are added, but many of the new lanes will be located in the Journal Square and downtown areas, the Star Ledger reported.

Healy has also submitted revised cycling ordinances to the Jersey City Council, which would allow for bicyclists riding on sidewalks provided that pedestrians are given the right of way, and giving a city engineer the authority to ban biking on certain sidewalks, the Star Ledge reported. The cycling ordinance changes will be considered at a City Council meeting on Dec. 19.

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