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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