Can plant boxes keep bicyclists safe?
Coral Gables leaders hope so. The city is installing protected bike lanes that will be separated from automotive traffic by plant boxes filled with pentas and purple queens. Temporary two-way bike lanes will replace existing curbside parking on Salzedo Street and one lane of traffic on University Drive.
The buffered bike-lane program is set to be in place by late September. The city’s goal is to eventually rebrand the bicycle routes in the city’s master plan as the “Gables Greenways,” Keller said.
The new pilot program comes as the city plans to explore a station-less, bike-sharing service in the Gables. Riders would reserve the bikes through an app and then drop them off anywhere in the city. The technology has already been rolled out in other cities including Austin and San Francisco. The City Commission approved a call for ideas at Tuesday’s meeting.
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