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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It wasn't very long ago, St. Mary's Road from Main to I-10 was a two lane road with too much traffic.

It didn't have any bike lanes so riders would have to ride in the dirt or brave the traffic.

Most just avoided it.

But now, the city is inviting bike riders back in hopes it will take some of the pressure off of the other crowded arterials like Congress and Speedway.

The invitation comes in the form of a pilot project which should make bike riders feel safer and drivers more confident.

Cars will still speed along the roadway heading West into Menlo Park or getting on the interstate.

But now, there will be barriers which will separate the speeding cars and the bicyclists.

They are called delineators.

Plastic, hallow pipe spaced about 30 feet apart which allows everyone to know where the bike lane begins and ends. 

They are also attached to a steel cable which bends when run over by a car and bounces back straight up.

A city press release reads:

"The delineators create protected bike lanes and help bicyclists feel safer while traveling on City streets," said Ann Chanecka, TDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. "This is another step forward in achieving a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community rating from the League of American Bicyclists."

 TDOT will be evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot project and Chanecka said there are plans for additional protected bike lanes within the City's urban core.

One of those places where plans have already been drawn up is on Church Avenue.

"We want to make it a multi-model corridor and I think that's one where this kind of thing can work well," she says.

The city will study the numbers and the remarks from the public for six months to a year before deciding to move ahead.

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