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Cyclists Ready For More Bike Lanes Throughout City Streets

Rochester has made great strides in becoming a bicycle friendly community.
Rochester has made great strides in becoming a bicycle friendly community.
Within the last two years, the city has added 11 miles of bicycle lanes and they don't want to stop there.

Harvey Botzman has been riding his bike to get around for more than 30 years.
He's thrilled with the way the city has embraced bicyclists with the creation of their Master Plan in 2011.

The plan allowed for bike lane markings, that can be found throughout the city streets, extending out 11 miles.
Botzman says he now feels accepted on the roads, and drivers are responding well.

Tonight, during a meeting between RPD and The Rochester Cycling Alliance, Chief Jim Sheppard says he wants to be an advocate for the rules of the road.

Bill DeSarra, another avid rider, and President of the RCA, says over the years he's seen a 4% increase in the number of cyclists in Rochester.
The next step is to expand on the Master Plan.

The road markings are specific, with signs to indicate that drivers must share the roads.
Botzman wants to see more drivers turn in their cars for bikes, and he's hoping with more bike lanes added in the future will do the trick.

The city wants to have 50 miles worth of bike lanes within the next couple of years.
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