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Cass St. Bike LanesA newly constructly street in La Crosse has some worried about safety.

Cass St. Bike Lanes

Newly constructly street in la crosse has some worried about safety.

The new bump outs on cass steet are supposed to help pedestrians... but could pose a problem for cyclists.

News 8's mal meyer is here to explain what people need to know before they hit the road.

Cass street has been open for just over a week now after months of construction.

The city is implementing a few safety features to help everyone on the road... but not everyone is happy about it.

If you've driven down cass street since it reopened, you might notice the smooth pavement, the bump outs, or a bike lane.

Leach: "the improvemen t to the bike lane always a great thing to see but there is uh, definitely one issue with that..."

What happens when you get to the intersection?

Leach: "that's where the line is interupted with the curb."

Bikers are forced to move out into traffic when going through the intersections.

Leach: "as a biker i wouldn't want to be pushed over next to a car when the car doesn't have any room to move over to give me a little extra room."

The civil engineer assigned to the cass street project is aware of the concerns, but says there was also a lot of support ahead of the construction.

Hassemer: "what is out there was in there from the start and actually had the full backing of local residents."

Some people were concerned about speed, so they installed bump outs.

Hassemer: "they aid pedestrian crossing but as a side effect they do work as traffic calming measures as well."

Hassemer agues that a steet with a bike lane and no bump outs would also cause those on the road to run into problems. hassemer: "all bike lanes no matter if they're straight through or not, at an intersection, you get the co- mingling no matter what."

Especially when people turn in front of bikes, which can lead to serious crash.

So the hope is that this will prevent some of those incidents.

Growing pains are to be expected with this new design.

The engineering department says it was to be expected... so just go slowly.

So what do you do if you approach the intersection in a car and there's a bike ahead of you?

The engineering department says if the bike is ahead of you, they get the right of way.

But if they are behind you, then they need to yield to you when going through the intersection.

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