SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The San Jose City Council was expected Tuesday to approve a plan to add eight miles of bike lanes in the downtown area.

Those lanes will be going in on Third, Fourth, 10th and 11th Streets, as well as on part of Almaden Boulevard.

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”It can get any safer than having your own lane,” said cyclist Edgar Lopez. “A lot of times I’ve been involved in bicycle accidents because the streets are so narrow and the cars are coming so fast that they don’t see the bike lanes, so they just take the whole street up themselves.”

San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo, who represents the downtown, said that the goal is to get more people commuting by bike.

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KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”We are going to make people feel more comfortable on bikes because we’re going to make it safer for people to be on our streets on two wheels,” said Liccardo. “The only way we can do that is to ensure that traffic is moving slower, and there’s more space for the bikes.”

The news lanes should be added by June.

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