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City Council agrees to remove 5th Street bike lane

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City Council is set on removing a controversial bike lane in downtown Pueblo saying it's a safety risk to both cyclists and drivers. 

"This has just been a poor design from the very beginning," said City Council Member Lori Winner.

City Council plans to have the 5th Street bike lane removed by mid November. 

"We're certainly not anti bike lanes," added Winner. "We have a lot of cyclists here in the city. This particular design is just a disaster waiting to happen."

The lane was installed about a year and a half ago as part of an experimental design thanks to a $100,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente. According to council member Lori Winner, controversy arose around the bike lane almost immediately.

"The stop sign at Elizabeth and Main has been plowed over six times total," continued Winner. "We're happy that has just been a stop sign and not a cyclist."

Still, some cyclists are asking council members to ride it out.

"I think it has a big impact on us as riders," said cyclist and member of iShare the Road Katy Johnson. "Not just the people in spandex or lycra, there's other people."

"There's walkers, there's people in their wheelchairs, so it's going to effect everyone as a group," Johnson added. 

Others told News 5, they're more open to the idea.

"I just don't want it to be the start of something where they start removing all of them," said cyclist and owner of Vance's Bicycle World Vance Hubersberger. "There's definitely a purpose for the ones that are here."

Winner maintained the plans for removal of the 5th Street bike lane were strictly in response to safety concerns. 

"This is about one particular bike lane that was poorly designed," said Winner. "We're all about bike lanes, but not this one."

Many cyclists are still worried about the removal of the lane and said it's the primary access to downtown. City Council maintains there are 2,300 bike trails in the Pueblo area for cyclists to use.

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