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A bike lane painted green runs along Old Redwood Highway from Conde Lane east toward Highway 101. Click to enlarge. Photo from a Road Warrior reader

Some bike lanes in Windsor have gone green — literally.

Over the summer, the town painted bike lanes on both sides of Old Redwood Highway for a block or so on either side of Highway 101.

Alejandro Perez, the town’s associate civil engineer, said the lanes were painted to for safety, emphasizing the separation of the bike lanes from traffic lanes and letting drivers and bicyclists clearly know where the bike lanes are.

He said the stretch of Old Red was picked because it has a high volume of traffic and bicyclists who use it, based on the recommendation of a company that serves as the town’s traffic consultant.

Perez said painted bike lanes are somewhat experimental in California. He’s unaware of any other Sonoma County city with green lanes, but San Francisco and Los Angeles have some.

Why green? It’s the color approved by the Federal Highway Administration, he said.

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13 Comments

  1. Mike

    I like them. It would be expensive to do them everywhere, but in high traffic places like where they are in Windsor, they’re great. They really do make you feel safer in the bike lane.

    October 19th, 2011 7:40 am

  2. Steve Klausner

    I’m a little bit color blind, and in the right light cannot see green, looks brown to me.

    October 19th, 2011 8:04 am

  3. Heraldo

    They are great, I use them all the time and feel safer as drivers generally pay attention to them and you can’t miss them in green. Good job.

    October 19th, 2011 8:06 am

  4. Bob Boyes

    Should be good fun for the bicyclists on rainy days.

    October 19th, 2011 8:26 am

  5. kyle

    Way to go SCBC, spend money we don’t have for your enjoyment.

    October 19th, 2011 8:27 am

  6. gary

    a waste of tax payer dollars,they have a white line and some say bike lane or show a bike i think this is over kill and a waste of money that could be used elsewhere!

    October 19th, 2011 8:34 am

  7. Bill K

    So, quoting the article, ..emphasizing the separation of the bike lanes from traffic lanes and letting drivers and bicyclists clearly know where the bike lanes are.

    Does this mean enforcement will happen with cyclists that do not utilize the bike lane but insist on being in the traffic lane?

    October 19th, 2011 10:04 am

  8. C. Alberigi

    Great idea!! There are white lines all over and tend to get ignored. This is definite and no question what it’s for.

    October 19th, 2011 10:25 am

  9. Jeff T

    Wow, a “high volume” of bicyclists use this bike lane? What’s that mean… 3 or 4 per day? In Santa Rosa, that would be a traffic jam on any of the bike lanes that have ruined traffic and liveability.

    I wonder, too, just how slippery and hazardous this paint will be when wet. More of our tax dollars at work….

    October 19th, 2011 10:50 am

  10. Jon D

    Though it may seems to most that this is a waste of money but I believe that this will encourage more bicycle on the road. I heard a lot of comment like “I would ride my bike more but the roads are not safe around here”. From the comments that I read so far it seems fitting. We are such a auto-centric society here.

    October 19th, 2011 3:42 pm

  11. Jimbo96

    A waste of money for paint and labor…this will do no good but will make people feel good…still a giant waste of public money and isn’t necessary….

    October 19th, 2011 5:14 pm

  12. Cameron

    Someday people will realize that it costs a lot more to fill pot holes & maintain roads for cars, than it does to slap down a coat of paint. Btw, the road maintenance budget in Sonoma county is $5M/year and Sonoma county needs to spend $55M/year to maintain its roads if it wants to keep the roads at their current levels. No wonder it is looking for alternatives. Good work, we want more bike lanes!

    October 19th, 2011 11:45 pm

  13. Rose Roberts

    I’m a new bicyclist in the area and decided to start using my bike to commute to work. I found the green bike lanes to be very helpful and would love to see them in more high traffic areas. Many people in Sonoma county need to step out of their car and hop on a bike in order to benefit their wallet, the county’s budget, their health, and the environment.

    October 26th, 2011 7:59 am

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