How does the protected bike lane work?

The two-way protected bike lane on Detroit St. essentially acts like a bike path next to the road, similar to what exists at the intersections of N. Detroit St. with Weaver St. and Kinsey Rd. It is also similar to a crosswalk. With the exception of the intersection of Detroit/Main, cyclists should treat all crosswalks the same way that pedestrians do: Cross on the "walk" signal after looking both ways and ensuring that traffic is stopped. Vehicles at these locations should always take care to ensure there are no pedestrians or bikes in the crosswalk.

At the Detroit/Main intersection, there is actually a bike signal on the west leg of the intersection, where the protected bike path crosses Main St. This signal, which is actuated by bikes approaching the intersection or by pressing a button, tells cyclists when it is safe to cross. At the same time, when the bike signal is green, all Main St. traffic and all southbound right and northbound left turning Detroit Street traffic is given a red light. This is an added measure that prevents vehicles from entering the crosswalk when cyclists are crossing.

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1. Why did the City undertake this project?
2. How did the Downtown Safety Project improve safety?
3. How much did this project cost? Why is the City spending money on this instead of fixing other City streets?
4. How does the protected bike lane work?
5. Those new parking spaces on Detroit Street are unusual. Aren't they too small?
6. What's the deal with the northbound curb lane on Detroit St.? Is that for parking or driving?
7. Why did the City reduce the southbound travel lanes on Detroit St.?
8. What does the green pavement mean?
9. Aren't the angled parking spaces on S. Detroit St. near Third St. pointed the wrong direction?
10. Why did the City change the southbound right turn lane on Detroit St. at Church St.? Trucks are having trouble with it.
11. How do the new pedestrian crossings work on Detroit St. at Market St. and Hill St., and the Creekside Trail crossing on W. Main St.?