The bike lanes with a physical barrier protecting from traffic would be the first in the city and among only a handful that exist across the state. The proposed bike lanes would be located between parked cars and the sidewalk along each side of State Street with enough room for car doors to swing open without intruding into the bike lane.
The single lane of traffic in each direction would cut the number of steps that that pedestrians have to take in traffic by more than half.
The reduced traffic lanes also would slow vehicle speeds, something residents would applaud. A traffic study showed 60 percent of drivers exceeded the speed limit when exiting the city. Commuters, however, could see delays of up to seven minutes during rush hour.