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East Los Angeles Gets Green Bike Lanes

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Taking a cue from cities like Portland, New York and our brethren to the south Long Beach, East L.A. is going to get its first color-coded bike lanes.

This month there will be a 1.6-mile gleaming green streak painted on 1st Street in East Los Angeles. The paint is supposed to be skid- and slip-resistant and the transportation department hopes to see more cyclists claiming the lane, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Officials say that although they have to follow federal guidelines when painting the lanes, it turns out to be a relatively cheap way to help bicyclists and motorists navigate busy intersections.

"They're very innovative," said Allison Mannos of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, which supports the project. "It raises a lot of attention to the part of the street cyclists are in."