Little Bike Marking at Stop Lights

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what is this little bicycle marking is for. Why, it’s for getting you to ask questions, of course!

Do you see the vertical saw cut in the road that the marking goes over? That is a bundle of wires which will trigger the stoplight if you put a car over it. Your bike may also trigger it, if you manage to put your rims directly on it.  (and I mean directly!!) This only works on stop lights that function by detectors – which is most of them, excepting of course downtown, Old Louisville, and the West end.

But if you see the saw cuts in the road, you can be sure it’s a light you can try to trigger, regardless of whether this little bike marking is there or not. If you have your choice of 3 cuts, aim for the middle one, it’s twice as sensitive.

Now you know!

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Advocacy Update

In 2012 Bicycling for Louisville published a secret report to Louisville Metro, advocating for building an “Urban Bicycle Network”.

This summer, Metro Louisville funded an Urban Bike Network.

This July, Bicycling for Louisville – particularly Chris Glasser – has been working with the city on a network of “low stress” bicycle boulevards.

Today, Bicycling for Louisville successfully advocated for improving the geometry of bike lanes on First & Brook. When completed next month, these will be the best bike lanes in the history of the region.

Maximize bicycle facilities – make them safe, comfortable, and useful to as many people as possible – join Bicycling for Louisville!