Tucson’s first protected bike lane is scheduled to be completed before May 1.
The protected lane will be installed on St. Mary’s Road between I-10 and Church Avenue.
Tucson’s bike and pedestrian program manager Ann Chanecka said they will be using a type of bollard to create separation between the automobile lane and the shoulder.
The city is using a product called Bike Lane Delineators made by Impact Recovery Systems.
The plastic bollards have springs in the base in order to bend instead of break if a car does hit them.
Similar devices have been used along the Fourth Avenue Bike Boulevard in an attempt to prevent motorists from driving straight on the bikeway. Those, made by a different company, were destroyed fairly quickly.
According to Impact Recovery’s website their bollards include a five-year warranty.
Chanecka said the bollards will be placed about 40 feet apart on long stretches and closer together near driveways.
She stressed that this is a pilot and the city would determine if adjustments needed to be made in the future.