New Bike Lane Aims To Keep Cyclists Safer

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 08:47:01-04

Plans are in the works for a big redesign along a Nashville road to keep cyclists safer.

It's a concept called a left-side bike lane.  Metro Public Works said it will be installing one along Magnolia Boulevard near Belmont.

It will align the bike lane along the median of the road instead of closer to the right curb.

Bike groups said the redesign will cut down on two of the most common accidents between bikes and cars: drivers turning right without checking for an oncoming cyclist from behind, and drivers in parked cars opening their car doors into the path of an oncoming cyclist.

“Other cities have adopted this several years ago, so it's just catching on as a safer option in these scenarios,” said Dave Thienel with Walk/Bike Nashville. 

Metro said the new bike lane will be installed as part of the repaving process on Magnolia Boulevard this summer.