Ride the City: Bike Safely in Cape Girardeau

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Bicycle lanes, like this one, have been added to several streets in Cape Girardeau, made possible through grant funding. Sharrows in the middle of streets indicate areas where sharing the road is critical. For more info about cycling in Cape Girardeau, visit cityofcape.org/ridethecity.

In 2011, the City of Cape Girardeau added dedicated bike lanes and striped approximately 16 miles of city streets, facilitating easier bike travel around town. The bike lanes were made possible by a grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Bike Lanes and Sharrows

Bicycle lanes are dedicated striping on the right side of the road for bike travel. Motorists shouldn't drive or park on striped bicycle lanes. Lanes are striped throughout the City including Sprigg Street, Lexington Avenue and Silver Springs Road. On-street parking is not allowed in areas with dedicated bike lane striping.

Sharrows are reflective signs in the center of travel lanes to signify areas where bicycles and cars should take care and share the road. Sharrows are currently found on Sprigg and Frederick streets, and Lexington Avenue.

An interactive, Google map of existing bicycle lanes and trails in Cape Girardeau, and more information about the grant-funded bike lanes and sharrows is available at cityofcapegirardeau.org/ridethecity.

Educational Videos

Educational video clips are available at youtube.com/cityofcape. Clips include proper helmet fitting, motorist and cyclist laws and safety, bicycle theft prevention and free registration, basic maintenance and cycling health benefits. View the full, 15-minute educational video in its entirety below.

For more information about the Ride the City grant project and cycling safety in Cape Girardeau, visit cityofcapegirardeau.org/ridethecity or call 573-339-6391.

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