So, what exactly do those decals of a bicycle on some Wichita Falls streets mean?
The emblems have been there for a while, but some motorists say they’re still confused by them.
City Transportation Director John Burrus said the white outline of a bicycle denotes shared lanes — as in a road shared by both vehicle drivers and bicycle riders.
“It’s to let drivers know they share the road with bicycles,” Burrus said.
He noted that Wichita Falls had a high number of accidents and two fatalities involving bicycles over the past year.
The emblems do not mean that motorists can’t drive in the marked lanes. They’re just there to make drivers aware that Wichita Falls is a “Bicycle Friendly” community, as recognized by the League of American Bicyclists.
Drivers will find about 18 miles of the shared lanes along the length of Midwestern Parkway/Call Field Road from U.S. Highway 281 to Fairway Boulevard and the length of Fairway from Seymour Highway to Lake Wichita.The city has also embarked on creating some dedicated bicycle lanes. Read that – “No cars.” These will be where the roadway has enough room to create bike-only lanes.Burrus said the city will bid the work for those streets in the next couple of weeks. The streets that will have the dedicated bicycle-only lanes are: Old Seymour Road from Avenue K to McNiel Avenue Ninth Street from Brook Avenue to Kemp Boulevard Stonelake Drive from Bartley Drive to Rathegeber Road The city already has a couple of streets with dedicated bike […]