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HARTFORD –Hartford is considering turning five residential streets into what is calling “bicycle boulevards.”

The Hartford Courant reports the city will hold public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss repurposing the roads for use mostly by bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Vehicle traffic would not be blocked on the streets, but would be discouraged through signage.

Similar streets have been set up in more than 10 states across the country and sometimes referred to as “neighborways” or “neighborhood greenways.”

The “bike boulevards” would be paid for with a $100,000 private Made to Move grant an initiative between Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones LLC, founded by author Dan Buettner.

North Beacon Street, Beacon Street, Babcock Street, Ashley Street, and Hampton Street are being considered for the program.

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