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Updated: 07/25/2014 10:43:33PM

City continues bicycle-friendly initiatives

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SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
New street markings on both the Barron Collier and A.W. Gilchrist bridges (north and southbound U.S. 41, respectively), identify bicycle lanes in the roadways. The signage is part of the city's strategic bicycle-friendly initiative, which aims to increase safe bicycle ridership.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — In its ongoing efforts to make the city an attractive place for cyclists, Punta Gorda is pushing for cleaner, safer bike paths along the U.S. 41 bridges.

This week, the Florida Department of Transportation painted directional signs on stretches of roadway along U.S. 41 over the Barron Collier and A.W. Gilchrist bridges (north and southbound U.S. 41, respectively) that clearly delineate the bike lanes from vehicle traffic. The signs are better, clearer and more accurate than previous ones, which seemed to discourage bicyclists from the bridges completely, city planner Mitch Austin said.

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