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Green painted bike lanes aim to make roads safer in downtown Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you drove through downtown Louisville on Wednesday, you may have noticed something new on the street – bright green paint.

It's supposed to keep both people in their cars and on their bikes safe.

Workers taped off and cleaned off portions of Sixth Street for the new green markings. To some drivers, it came as quite the surprise.

“It scared me. I didn't know what was going on. First saw it when I was making a turn and was like, 'whoa, what is that?'” Chip Payne said.

Although it might seem foreign, its purpose is to bring attention to bike lanes.

“I ride my bike everyday if the weather permits,” Antonio Taylor said.

“I bike to work every day. I don't own a car,” Chris Glasser said.

Both Taylor and Glasser say it’s funny how something as simple as a coat of paint can give them a sense of security.

“It makes it very convenient and safe,” Glasser said.

The green stripes from Sixth and Market to Sixth and Kentucky signify conflict areas where bike and car traffic mix. City officials say to treat the green paint like you would any other road paint. When it’s striped you can cross it, but you can't when it’s solid.

“Cars thought they could cut over at any time that they feel like it. They could cut you off, they could flip you over, it was just dangerous,” Taylor said.

Harold Adams with Louisville Metro Public Works says the green paint isn't expected to pop up everywhere.

“We don't want to overuse the green and put it everywhere you have bike facilities because then people desensitize to it, they don’t pay attention to it,” Harold said.

But some drivers think the new paint is necessary.

“It's a whole lot easier than seeing white lines cause like if that wasn't there you'd think it was just more room to park,” Payne said.

Payne says he even witnessed a close call hours before the green paint was laid down.

“There was a jeep that went all the way around and just shot all the way up the bike lane to pass a semi,” he said. “He just used it as a way to get around and um no you're not supposed to do that.”

Next week, workers are expected to paint bike symbols on the green paint and install bike lane posts in some areas for added safety.

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