TONIGHT AT 11PM: Drivers, bicyclists ignoring the law along new bike lanes
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New bike lanes popping up on Louisville streets have drivers feeling anything but bike-friendly.
Bicyclists say they need the space for protection against drivers who won't share the road. But video recorded at two of the city's newest bike lanes found the riders themselves may be a big part of the problem.
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After Matt McCormick was recorded running a red light on his bike while using the bike-only lane on Breckinridge Street, his explanation was simple.
"I'm not a motorist. I'm a bicyclist," said McCormick. "I'll probably continue to run red lights."
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The law says bicyclists have to follow the same rules as motor vehicles, but you would never know it based on what our cameras captured along Breckinridge and Kentucky streets, where the city recently took away a lane from drivers and gave it exclusively to bicyclists. It's all part of Mayor Greg Fischer's Complete Streets initiative.
It seems to have caused complete confusion for many. The video shows cars in the bike lane, including a city truck traveling in the lane now prohibited to vehicles. It also shows a number of bicyclists in the car lane, running red lights and going the wrong direction on one-way streets.
Mayor Fischer's office didn't respond to WAVE 3 News' interview requests before the he left town on November 11, but at a city-sponsored bicycle event this summer, Fischer seemed to laugh off complaints from people who didn't like or completely understand the new rules.
"It'll all be fine," Fischer said. "If this is the biggest problem we got in the world, we will all be in good shape."
Still, when we took our video to the Public Works Department, which is in charge of maintaining and monitoring the bike lanes, spokesman Harold Adams said there is no excuse for drivers or bicyclists not understanding the new bike lanes, which he said are clearly marked.
"Most of it is not at all complicated," Adams said. "You have scofflaws for every law."
So who's really to blame for cars and bikes not sharing the road? And just how brazen are some of the people who are breaking the rules? See for yourself tonight on WAVE 3 News at 11.
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