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Bike lanes still creating cyclist controversy in Cleveland

Illegal bike lane created in Cleveland Illegal bike lane created in Cleveland

19 Action News watched cyclist after cyclist ride in what appears to be a designated bike lane on Detroit Avenue, but, it's not the real deal.

Someone actually made up their own illegal lane -- it's called "gorilla striping."

"I was just riding on this street a day or two ago and it wasn't there and all the sudden I just saw it now," said Tristan Wheeler.

"It does provide people with a simple white line that they observe in their cars. So it does give me my space," said Robert Stidham.

Bike Cleveland, a bicycle advocacy organization is already getting plenty of response on its site after someone posted a picture of the illegal lane on social media.

They don't condone the makeshift bike lanes but many people say they are frustrated.

Fed up because the city of Cleveland announced a year ago that bike lanes on Detroit Avenue from West 25th to Lake Avenue would be installed last Spring.

"I feel like it simply fell to politics not that Cleveland doesn't have other issues, but, we do have a large number of cycling commuters so I feel like my safety is almost being ignored by the city," says Stidham.

Officials with Bike Cleveland tell us they met with city officials more than a week ago and were told the project has gone out to bid.

But, cyclists we talked to tell us it's not happening fast enough and they continue to be concerned about safety.

"I commute to and from work sometimes,' said Wheeler.

"It should be pushed through at all cost regardless of time," explained Stidham.

A spokesperson with the City of Cleveland says they put out a bid for the project. A meeting is scheduled next month and the earliest the bike lanes could be done is this Fall.

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