A new bike lane has been striped on Goldsmith Lane between Bardstown Road and Bon Air Avenue in the Bon Air neighborhood. The two five-to-six-foot lanes were created by narrowing two travel lanes from 12-feet wide to ten feet and eliminating an eight-foot parking lane on one side of the street.
Heading west, the lane disappears briefly as a turning lane passes through and then picks up at the intersection (see plan below). The eastbound lane begins just after the intersection. Many cities have been experimenting with painting these “conflict zones” with green paint to warn motorists and cyclists alike to pay extra attention as vehicles transfer lanes, but Louisville has yet to apply green paint.
Rolf Eisinger with Bike Louisville said the lanes are complete but a few signs must still be installed before the project is done. He noted these lanes represent the second time the city has used the wider six-foot lanes (up from five feet), the first example being a set of lanes installed last year on 8th Street. The wider lanes offer more protection from traffic and the door zone when parallel parking exists.