This season's winter weather put a damper on the opening of the bike lanes off St. Mary Boulevard. But the path which runs through the heart of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is now open. And what looks like school spirit along the roadway, serves another purpose.
"It's a more visual awareness there's going to be a bicyclist either in front of you or behind you," said Cheri Soileau, the Director of Transportation.
And with the main drag complete, the bike lanes are now color coded with specific directions in order to keep both drivers and bicyclists safe.
The green stripes along the bike path are what's called a "conflict area", which Solieau says serves as a warning to drivers their turn lane may cross paths with a bicycle. But the new lanes also come with new rules unfamiliar to many.
Solid lines mean that's a bike lane on outside, please stay inside lane, dotted line is to let you know it's okay to merge inside if you want to merge only," said Solieau.
Solieau says besides road markings, driving defensively and wearing reflective material can also make a huge difference while people get used to the changes.
"It's a law in the state of Louisiana to wear lights on a bicycle, but even during the day, make yourself visible so everyone can see you."
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