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City of Phoenix debuts bike lanes painted bright green

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It will definitely catch your eye if you see it. The city of Phoenix is turning bike lanes green!

Those new bike lanes are something we've never seen in Phoenix. They start at 7th Avenue and Van Buren in downtown, and continue up to 15th Avenue and Roosevelt.

They will be finished in just a few weeks. Here's what the construction looks like now.

It's hard to miss the bright green paint going down along this stretch of Grand Avenue in Phoenix. But for a lot of people seeing it for the first time, it is a bit hard to comprehend.

"For a second I couldn't tell, is that a bike lane or not? Because I'd never seen one painted any color before. But it was a pleasant surprise," says Abbey Reinhardt, Phoenix College student.

What's going on is a city of Phoenix project aimed at making the streets safer for bicyclists. It was paid for mostly with an environmental grant.

"I think it will be safer yeah, it will slow the traffic down… it'll be just one lane both ways," says Leslie Barton, Bragg's Factory Diner.

The idea is the high-profile bike lanes will encourage more people to go green, and ride their bikes in this part of town.

"I like the color. It's nice and bright. Yeah it's totally cool, and it's easy on the eyes. But you can definitely see it, so you know where the bike lane is."

Bike riders like Abbey Reinhardt say it was a little risky riding here before. She hopes the unique paint job will provide a separation between bikes and cars.

"I also appreciate the bike lanes being painted a bright color, I think it will easier for cars to see. I have a lot of issues where I've been riding my bike before and cars just veered over into the bike lane," says Reinhardt.

Business owners are also hoping the new changes will breathe new life into the historic area.

"Just come on down to Grand once in a while. There's a lot of stuff going on down here, it's a good place to be," says Barton.

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