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The city of Downey has been awarded $225,000 in state grant money to produce a bicycle master plan, the first step in what could eventually lead to bicycle lanes in Downey.
The Caltrans grant will lay the "foundation for bicycle-friendly roads and bikeways, which will serve commuter and recreational riders," city officials said.
Downey officials are hopeful that bicycle lanes and the bike master plan will encourage more residents to use bicycles for transportation, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution while promoting a healthier lifestyle among residents.
"This is great news for our city and our residents. We are happy and excited to have received this grant that will help fund a much needed, and awaited master bike plan in our community," Mayor Mario Guerra said in a statement. "This project is part of our Healthy Downey initiative, which is aimed at encouraging wellness, healthy and active lifestyles. The new master bike plan will make sure we look at all the important elements that will be safe, effective and sustainable. This was also one of our stated goals in our 2013 City Council Priorities. I am proud to say that we are working hard and being proactive in making sure we have a vision for our future."