Arizona Road Diet Watch: Phoenix to Test Out Roosevelt Street Bike Lane After Outcry From Cyclists

The city of Phoenix will install a temporary bike lane on a segment of Roosevelt Street to connect two bike lanes in the vibrant downtown arts district.

The decision comes less than two months after the Street Transportation Department nixed a proposal to install a dedicated east-west bike lane on a half-mile stretch of road between First Avenue and Seventh Avenue, a segment that is flanked by paths for cyclists. Officials claimed removing a left-turn lane to accommodate a bike lane would increase traffic and endanger cyclists.

Cyclists protested the decision at the time, arguing that the move represented a misguided prioritization of cars over environmentally friendly, urban modes of transportation.