Will trigger flashing lights on a bike warning sign for motorists
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ ) -- The Cascade Lakes Highway is getting a few safety upgrades over the next several weeks.
The highway is considered one of the most scenic routes in Oregon.
With that comes a healthy dose of traffic from vehicles and cyclists alike.
To improve safety for both, the Deschutes County Road Department is installing new safety technology.
County Director of Public Works Chris Doty said Friday the department implemented a few studies to hone in on which areas need improvements.
"It's just a safety measure based on some recommendations of a study we had performed a couple of years ago," Doty said. "It identified some safety areas along the highway where safety measures could be employed to make it safer for cyclists and vehicles."
Over the next several weeks, the county will be installing two bicycle warning systems.
So how do they work?
Doty said a cyclist will drive over a set of loops, which will activate flashing lights on a bike warning sign that stays lit over a certain period of time.
The goal is to warn drivers of cyclists ahead.
According to Doty, the two warning systems will be installed west of Todd Lake Road and south of Devils Lake Road.
Janet Shofstall of Hutch's Bicycles in Bend said she thinks it's a step in the right direction.
"I think it allows people to feel more comfortable," Shofstall said. "Let's face it, riding a bike on the road can be pretty dicey at times."
Shofstall said it also could ease some trepidation for those new to the sport.
"If we can keep people so that they feel more comfortable and safer wherever they ride, then that's a win all the way around," she said.
Installation of the new warning systems begins next Monday.