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How bike-friendly is Phoenix?

A recent Washington Post story illustrated the connectivity of bike lanes and paths in several major U.S. cities. The result? In places like Miami and Seattle, bike lanes are intermittent and sporadically connected.

By comparison, Phoenix boasts a well-connected set of dedicated bike paths and lanes, according to analysis of data provided by the Maricopa Association of Governments.

Bike lanes and paths connect heavily populated areas from Surprise to Mesa, despite the Phoenix metropolitan area being a notable example of urban sprawl in the United States. The bike lanes extend as far west as Buckeye and as far north as Cave Creek, though they are less densely connected in these far-reaching areas.

The map does not include off-road recreational trails, paved shoulders or multi-use paths.

A similar map of Washington D.C. displays a number of short bike paths that rarely connect to one another, according to an illustration created by the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Boston’s bike lanes line major roads but fail to run through smaller streets. It is Miami, however, that presents the least-connected system of bike lanes and paths.

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Stanton eyes more spending on bike projects

Phoenix would spend $1.5 million of its state transportation funding on making the city more bicycle friendly if Mayor Greg Stanton gets his way.

Stanton is proposing that the money be used to add more bike lanes, launch a bike-share program and prepare a citywide bicycle plan.

The Arizona Republic reports that Stanton’s proposals are included in a proposed budget that is scheduled for an initial City Council vote on Tuesday.

Phoenix has not previously used money from the state Highway User Revenue Fund for bicycle projects.