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Bike arrow markings ‘ride’ onto city streets

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Bike arrows recently appeared on Crawfordsville roadways and they are spurring questions from the public.

Bike symbols were painted on Main Street, leading bicyclists through town toward the city’s trail system.

“This is in accordance with state law which allows for bikes to use the roads and these markings are just trying to give cyclists a safe route through town, ” said Barry Lewis, city code enforcement and communications official. 

When cyclists are on the roadways, motorists are to stay about six feet behind them and allow for three feet of space when passing a cyclist. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were more than 700 bicycle related deaths in 2017. With newer regulations, education and signage to assist in the safety of cyclists from 2016 to 2017, there has been an 8.1% decrease in pedal-cyclist deaths on the road ways.

Bike arrow signs were painted from Main Street to Barr Street, along Schenck Road and onto the trail. These marking show also show residents and visitors that the community is cyclist friendly.

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