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Bike lane demo closes Sunday on Duluth's Michigan Street

Bicyclists ride the new bike lanes on Michigan Street between Third and Fourth avenues recently. After a trial run, city crews will remove the temporary installation next week. File / News Tribune

The trial run of the area’s first on-street protected bike lane is coming to an end this weekend, the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council reported this week.  

Installed June 30 between Third and Sixth avenues west in downtown Duluth, the Michigan Street Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project was intended to demonstrate how a safer, more convenient route can be created for people who ride bikes by linking the Cross City Trail to the Depot, the library, the Duluth Transportation Center and other destinations along the street.

City crews will remove the temporary installation next week.

“The intent of this project has been to allow people to see how this type of transportation facility would look, feel and work in this location,” David Montgomery, the city’s chief administrative officer, said in a news release, “and there is still time to take the opportunity to try it out for themselves.”  

Montgomery also serves as a member of the policy board for the Metropolitan Interstate Council.

Frank Jewell, St Louis County Commissioner and MIC co-chair, said in the news release, “as a lifelong cyclist who rides the roads and trails regularly, I support this test to learn what is possible and how we can best and most practicably design our streets to safely and comfortably work for all users.”

A survey about the bike lane can be accessed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/protectedbikelane through Sunday.

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