Bikes Belong picks Portland for bike lane project

Portland, already known for its biking infrastructure, was among six cities to participate in a project to establish more bike lanes.

Portland, already known for its biking infrastructure, was among six cities to participate in a project to establish more bike lanes.

Portland was one of six U.S. cities selected by the nonprofit Bikes Belong to participate in an effort to make people more comfortable on their bikes.

The Green Lane Project, funded with the help of partners including Volkswagen of America Inc. and the SRAM Cycling Fund, will work with city officials to establish dedicated bike lanes designed for cities.

"We are seeing an explosion of interest in making bicycling stress-free on busy city streets, ” said Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong president, in a press release. “The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for bicycling supported by their elected officials and communities.

In addition to Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, Memphis, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas were selected to participate in Green Lanes from a pool of 42 applicants.

The amount of money being dedicated to project was not disclosed.

Bikes Belong is based in Boulder, Colo.

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