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Published September 15, 2011, 06:40 PM

Fargo becoming more bike friendly

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may notice more bike lanes and bike symbols on roads around town. With the new markings come new opportunities for bicyclist to have a safer commute. But it can be confusing for drivers.

You may notice more bike lanes and bike symbols on roads around town. With the new markings come new opportunities for bicyclist to have a safer commute. But it can be confusing for drivers.

Jeremy Gordon – Senior Engineer City of Fargo: “People even in my office are asking me what are these things.”

More bicycle lanes like this will be popping up around town making it easier and safer for everyone to use the roads.

Jeremey Gordon: “I decided you know lets get them out in the streets, they're low volume streets, and they’re wide enough. We put these shared lane markings in so we should be good.”

Gorden says 3 to 4 miles worth of bike lanes and 460 new shared lane markings have already been contracted out. Shared lanes, marked by what's called “sharrows,” or these bikes with arrows on the roadway, are used when there is not enough room for a full bike lane. The sharrows show cyclists the most appropriate place to travel. Drivers are encouraged not squeeze bikers when the lane is narrow and only pass when there's enough room.

Jeremey Gordon: “They are just a stencil we put on the road to give awareness to drivers that there is going to be bike out there.”

Drivers are not allowed to drive in the designated bike lanes with solid lines. Dashed lines notify cyclist and motorists when the lanes will merge. All of these new additions make people like Great Northern Bike Shop manager Tom Smith feel more secure and safe while riding on the streets.

Tom Smith – Manager Great Northern Bike Company: “It helps cars to be a little bit more aware of the needs and the rights of cyclists. It helps cyclists to find these slightly less traveled roads, these safer roads to travel on as they are finding their way around town.”

All of these new bicycle friendly features are expected to be completed sometime next spring.

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