- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Some motorists are confused by the conversion of several streets in downtown Cedar Rapids.

City officials hope opening up portions of Third Avenue to two-way traffic will make the road safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Crews also have been creating protected bike lanes throughout the area.

But Andrew Hurn, a Cedar Rapids resident, told KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1LgAVd5 ) that the bike lanes had him stumped because there weren’t many signs posted.

“I wasn’t really sure what was going on,” he said. “I noticed the parking was a little different and it was a little confusing.”

Vehicles previously were able to park against the curb, but now white lines leave space for cyclists, allowing them to move away from traffic.

Resident Karen Schulte said she’s glad the street is safer for bikers now, but she agrees that it’s kind of confusing for drivers.

Myers hopes local motorists will give themselves time to adjust to the change and also let the city know if they think the project could be improved.

“If you live in Cedar Rapids, you’re going to have an opinion because these have been a one-way pair for a long time,” he said. “But if somebody sees something that needs to be changed, we’re devoting a lot of labor and manpower to this, we can make adjustments if we need to.”


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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