Buffered Bike Lanes to be Painted on Rose Hill Drive

March 21, 2014

New lane striping is scheduled to occur on Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville during the week of March 31, weather permitting.

The new striping pattern will provide a painted buffer zone between the bike lanes and travel lanes from Preston Avenue to Madison Avenue.

Buffered bike lanes create extra separation between bikes and moving cars, improving safety and comfort for cyclists. The resulting route can be used by a range of cyclists with different skill levels.

"Standard bike lanes do not provide enough separation to appeal to the casual cyclist, and even experienced cyclists feel unsafe in bike lanes next to parallel parking," says Amanda Poncy, the City of Charlottesville's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. "By adding buffers, cars can move freely while providing a bit more breathing room for other road users."

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