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Street Squad -- Dallas adding bike lanes

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May is National Bike Month, and the City of Dallas promises to be more bike friendly by adding nearly 400 miles of bike lanes in the next three years.

Jaireus Tips makes a living delivers sandwiches for Jimmy John’s in downtown Dallas.

"It can get pretty scary,” he said.

He knows it’s dangerous, but he’s willing to risk the ride.

There are marked bike lanes in downtown Dallas, but not everyone knows what they mean. Dallas police say bikes have the same rights as cars and are required to follow the same rules.

"If it's too dangerous for a car and bicycle to fit in the same lane, then the bicycle has every right to take the entire lane,” said Dallas police officer Blain Norfleet. “And cars need to understand that, even though it slows them down a little bit."

Many people in Texas think of bikes in terms of recreation, but bikers are gaining traction as commuters, especially as the greater downtown area population swells to more than 40,000.  Downtown Dallas, Inc. is projecting another 6,000 households in the area in the next two years.

"The more cycling-friendly you make it, the more people are going to ride bikes,” said Norfleet.

Dallas currently has 90 miles of bike lanes, and in the next three years, nearly 400 more will be added.

AAA says each year, there are more than 500,000 crashes between bikes and cars, and intersections are the most dangerous.

If you need help with traffic problems, call James Rose at 214-468-7432.

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