A news release just sent out by Spokane Valley says a different kind of bike lane will be painted on eastbound Appleway between Dishman-Mica and University when paving of that section is complete.

Referred to as a “buffered bike lane,” the new markings consist of two solid white stripes about two feet apart. The double striping and space in between provide more of a safety buffer between vehicles and bicyclists and the two bright white, reflective stripes are also more conspicuous than a single stripe.

The double striping can be accommodated along that segment of Appleway because some of the lanes there are wider than the standard lane width. The slightly narrower lane width is not expected to be noticeable to motorists.

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