An article in the Amarillo Globe News describes the "confusion" the bike lanes are causing. Here are some excerpts:
"Where are we going to put the bike lanes next? ... We have had people comment about them - mostly because they didn't know anything about it," Bill Hall, chairman of the Amarillo Traffic Commission, said during the panel's meeting Wednesday.
McDaniel acknowledged that some residents have expressed surprise to see the new markings on the streets.
"Now we're going to - over the next phase of striping bike lanes - try to send postcards to residents a week ahead of time so they won't be surprised to see them," McDaniel said.
In addition to sending the postcard notices to residents whose streets will get bike lanes, the city's education campaign will include: an article in the August city water bills;
a news conference in late August or early September; flyers distributed to local gyms and bike shops; collaborating with Amarillo Independent School District to educate schoolchildren about the lanes; working with drivers education and defensive driving classes to include bicycle lanes in the curricula for motorists; and broadcasting public service announcements.
"I think the confusion has come because the stripes went down and signs are not up yet," Forrester said.