Lincoln, Neb. For people who bicycle downtown there will be a new way to travel through the city.
"Lincoln is not a safe place if you're off the trail. The drivers don't pay attention to you," said bicyclist Stu Kerns.
Kerns says the middle strip in the middle of the roads are a scary situation for many bikers.
"On the current bike lanes I never feel safe I always feel like you have to ride like you're invisible," said Kerns.
That's why the city says they are creating a new way for bikers to travel downtown.
"It is a protected bike way which means it is separated from traffic by a median or a bio swell," said Assistant Director of the Lincoln Urban Affairs Department Dallas McGee.
This bike lane will connect the Billy Wolf Trail on the east side and the Jamaica Trail on the west side to create an even flow of bicycle traffic through downtown.
"We have a lot of trails throughout the city and we recognized for that the one area where we do fall a little bit short is making those connections and this will do that," said McGee.
The current bike lanes downtown can sometimes run in the middle of the road and by creating a safer atmosphere the planners hope this will increase bicycle traffic.
"Right now there are a percentage of bikers that are willing to bike...it's a small percentage...with protected bike lanes..we hope that jumps up to 40-50 percent," said McGee.
This protected lane will run along "N" Street from the Antelope Valley bridge to 11th Street. Eventually the plan is to make the path connect bicyclists to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"The more trails we can create the more people will use them," said Kerns.
The new lanes will narrow lanes on some of the streets to just two lanes and some parking will be eliminated.
This nearly $1.3 million dollar project will be completed sometime during next summer. The project is funded by both private and public dollars.