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Area residents will have a chance to see how a protected bike lane works at the North Anthony corridor block party September 7, 2014. The block party takes place on North Anthony Boulevard between Crescent Ave. and St. Joe River Dr. from 2 to 8 p.m.

City planners will demonstrate a protected bike lane during the block party and talk to neighborhood residents about whether they like the concept. The City's Bike Fort Wayne plan calls for some type of bike facilities to be installed along the North Anthony corridor, possibly in 2015.

"The Bike Fort Wayne plan emphasizes the importance of accommodating bike transportation with safe and attractive on-street facilities that encourage people to use a bicycle to reach destinations rather than a car," said Kate Riordan, active transportation planner.

A protected bike lane provides a buffer, such as planting or parked cars, between vehicles and bikes using the roadway. The City's demonstration will take place in the parking lot at Crescent and Anthony (the former Scott's grocery). See attached photos for an example of a protected bike lane and a protected bike lane demonstration or "pop-up."

The North Anthony Corridor block party will feature area artisans, outdoor cafes, bounce houses, live bands, a bike valet, wine and beer garden, yoga and hula hoop instruction and much more. For more information about the block party visit the Facebook North Anthony Corridor Group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/NorthAnthonyCorridorGroup

Pop-up photo: credit to Matt Kleinmann, taken Lawrence, Kan., April 25, 2014 http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/the-summer-of-demos-one-day-protected-bike-lanes-sweep-across-america

Protected bike lane photo: credit to Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A., taken Temple City, Cal., Mary 22, 2014 http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/05/22/sweet-new-protected-bikeway-on-beautiful-rosemead-blvd-in-temple-city/  May 22, 2014