The following video shows a short section of new bicycle lane on S. Jefferson just north of Battlefield Rd. There are lanes on both sides and a bit farther to the south — exactly like the short segment you’ll see in the video. This segment of Jefferson is outside the urban core in the south-central suburban area of Springfield.
I do not understand what traffic problem the lane solves. It appears to have been added merely because Jefferson north of Battlefield is wide enough to allow it. Perhaps you’ll see something in the video that explains it. All I’m able to see is exactly what I experienced — a smooth, easy, safe ride on Jefferson without the need of a lane.
A few notes on the video:
- Camera: GoPro Hero shooting 720p HD
- Bicycle: Kona “Bike” (because it’s quieter than my Redline)
- Time: Approx. 9:30 a.m. Wed. 8 August
- Travel direction: north
- Travel speed: 15 mph or less