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Jaimi Schmidt loves to ride her bicycle downtown for coffee or to meet friends. But blocks before the 22-year-old gets there, she gets off and walks. â€œItâ€™s scary being a biker downtown,â€ she said.
Drivers look right through her, she said while walking her bike along 13th Street Wednesday afternoon. â€œYou about have to expect them to be bad drivers.â€
If things go as planned, downtown bike lanes could allow riders like Schmidt to pedal with more confidence by the end of August.
â€œI definitely would love that,â€ Schmidt said.
Taking the pressure of cyclists is the idea behind bike lanes proposed on 11th Street south from Q to K and 14th Street north from L to R, said David Cary, a transportation planner for the City of Lincoln.
The more cyclists feel comfortable, he said, the more theyâ€™ll come downtown. It could mean more shoppers for downtown merchants, safer streets for bike riders and safer sidewalks for pedestrians.