Fourth grader, Teagan, often rides her bike to school. When arriving and departing from school, she noticed that parents were often idling their vehicles in the bike lane while waiting to pick up or drop off their children. She had an idea: what if the bike lane was painted? Would it be more noticeable to drivers?
With assistance from her father, a Bike/Walk Tampa Bay board member and owner of Oliver’s Cycle Sports in New Tampa, she used a semi-temporary spray paint to paint the bike bright green for her class science project. She called her science project “Ride in Green to be Seen!” Bike/Walk Tampa Bay provided the paint which closely matches the permanent paint used to highlight bike lanes on public roadways. After 100 observations, she found that on average, 1.2 cars per 15 were in the bike lane after the painting vs 7.6 per 15 cars before. Her project won Best in Show at the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says green bicycle lanes increases visibility of bicyclists, discourages illegal parking in the bike lane, increases bicyclist comfort through having a clearly delineated space, increases motorist yielding behavior, and helps reduce bicycle conflicts with turning motorists.