“We are still in the education phase of this implementation,” Mullins said, pointing out that only one citation has been issued for parking in the lanes on Jefferson Street since July.
Protected bike lanes were added to Jefferson Street in November of 2020 that are meant to put a buffer between cyclists and traffic, said Joe Weinel, Dayton’s chief engineer in the bureau of design engineering.
The lane closest to the curb is now the bike lane, and there is a striped barrier painted on the roadway separating cars and bikes.
Jefferson Street has the first and only protected lanes in Dayton, Weinel said, but protected lanes are planned for Ludlow Street in 2024.
Bike Miami Valley has said that protected lanes generally feel safer and more like a bike path.
The city has installed more than five miles of new bike lanes since 2018, and it plans to construct a new cycling track in the Wright Dunbar Business District, which will be protected by a curb.