Seattle wants to attract willing but wary bikers

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SEATTLE (AP) -- As the city of Seattle is preparing to overhaul its five-year-old bike plan, some want to make the city safer and friendlier to those not so accustomed to navigating the streets on two wheels.

There's a new push to get "willing but wary" cyclists on their saddles with separate bike lanes buffered from traffic, bicycling boulevards where walkers and bikers have priority, and traffic calming features like speed bumps.

The city is planning to build seven miles of walking and biking boulevards in five neighborhoods this year. So-called neighborhood greenways modeled after ones in Portland, Ore., are designed to make it safer for walkers and bikers to get between their home and school, the grocery store and park.

The city expects to have a new plan by next year.