Avid bike riders rejoice as crews put final touches on bike lanes in downtown KC | FOX4KC

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The city is celebrating some improvements along one of the busiest boulevards downtown. New bike lanes now stretch from the River Market to 20th Street.

This project has been in the works since 2011 and finally wrapped up Friday morning.

About three weeks ago crews started striping new the lanes from the River Market to 20th Street. Sity leaders helped paint the final bike symbol on the pavement to mark the official completion.

This is the first of a two-phase project. The second phase will continue in the spring.

Some avid bike riders were on hand for the celebration. They told Fox 4 they're thrilled with the new lanes.

MoBikeFed comment: This project has been a long, long time in coming. Congratulations to advocates at BikeWalkKC, to Kansas City officials, and to project supporters who stuck with it for the long haul.

Kansas City is still well behind peer cities across the U.S. in terms of bicycle infrastructure. But projects like this are a big step in the right direction.

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