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DULUTH - Riding a bike to and from work is quickly becoming a go–to mode of transportation for many, despite the fact that the city lacks sufficient space to do so.
"I think Duluth has a huge absence of bike lanes. I don't think there's a single one in the entire city," said Greg Schultz, an avid biker from Duluth.
There are only two places in Duluth that have visible pavement markings for bikes and one of those is called a sharrow, a reminder for drivers that they share the road with bikers.
Schultz said, "Basically you're on your own out there. You got to take the lane, take the space that you need. If you don't take it cars aren't going to give it to you."
The city has taken notice and is beginning to take action.
"We're extending the Lakewalk east this year, we're starting work on the cross city trail going west and we already have the Munger Trail in place, so we're making progress," said Judy Gibbs, trails coordinator for the City of Duluth.
These improvements come after a lengthy four years of studies.
The studies show roads like London Rd. simply don't demand the kind of traffic they once did.
"Traffic is moving at higher speeds and it's difficult to cross and so getting everybody to one lane we'll have a more consistent speed and hopefully one that follows what the actual speed limit is," said James Gittemeier, senior planner for the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC).
The bike friendly projects fit the city's mission to make Duluth a more healthy and attractive place to live, work and play.
"It's a great way to clear my head, it's more fun and I stay healthy. I stay active and I don't have to pay money I don't have to fix my car," said Schultz.