Bike lanes adding safety, confusion to the city

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 6:29 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - City officials and cyclists agree that the new bike lanes are not only for the safety of those on bikes, but for car drivers, as well.

With the city adding more bike lanes in Louisville, it only makes sense that there will be some added confusion as well.

Andy Murphy, the president of the Louisville Bicycle Club, said cyclists have seen a definite problem with people driving in the bike lanes.

The mayor hopes motorists will pay attention and learn about these lanes since the city looks to continue adding more.

But change can be confusing.

Cyclists like Murphy have seen more and more cars driving in the new lanes designated for bicycles.

That need for education may explain why at this time the city is not cracking down on cars in bike lanes.

While people caught driving in the bike lanes can get ticketed, the city recognizes that they are in an education period. For now, officials say they will educate drivers before resorting to a ticket unless there is an obvious abuse of the bike lane.

 

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