FORT WORTH - Fort Worth is about to make more room for cyclists. The city is planning to create bike lanes and priority bike striping across a 13-mile path in downtown.
Tony Frazier, of Bicycles, Inc. makes a living convincing people to park their cars and hop onto bikes. Even Frazier, however, gets nervous while sharing the road.
“A lot of people don't know that a cyclist is there even though we're on the side of the road riding with them and so forth," he said. "They don't pay attention because they're always doing something else in their car other than paying attention.”
Starting in March, Fort Worth will restripe downtown streets to embrace bicyclists. Busier roads will get bike lanes. Roads with slower traffic will get bike stripes down the center of lanes.
“So, it's basically a priority for cyclists to be in the lane, and it’s also signaling to the motorists that there will be cyclists traveling," said Julia McCleeary, senior planner.
Some bus lanes will also be changed to allow bikes.
“I think they're a wonderful idea,” Frazier said.
The project also includes the installation of 200 bike racks. McCleeary has set up an interactive website to allow residents to pinpoint where they think the racks should go. You can find it at www.fortworthgov.org/bikefw.