Des Moines cyclists are scratching their heads over the latest round of bike and pedestrian improvements the city plans to build downtown.

The city plans to break ground this fall on projects that include two short trail segments, two road crossings and lots of "sharrows," the painted markings meant to remind drivers to share the road with cyclists. No bike lanes are included.

Bike advocates say the projects — totaling $460,000 — are “puzzling” and the money could be better spent on other improvements to make downtown safer and more welcoming to cyclists.

“It seems like the city is basically spending almost half a million dollars to build two trail segments to nowhere,” said Jeremy Lewis, executive director of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, a bike shop and advocacy group.


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