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New green bike markings on Santa Fe streets aren’t always easy to decipher

These green bicycle markings on Camino Carlos Rey at the intersection with Zia Road are telling us ... what? (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

These green bicycle markings on Camino Carlos Rey at the intersection with Zia Road are telling us … what? (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Green bike lane markings have started showing up on Santa Fe streets in hopes of making the city more bike-friendly and reminding drivers that not everyone is occupying a motorized vehicle.

Some of them make perfect sense, making off bike lanes on the side of the street and extending markings through Y intersections, for example, to remind people veering to the right that they are crossing over a lane that bicycles travel (and they might be following the lane to the left).

But the one pictured above has stymied me. On the face of it, it almost looks as if it’s reminding you a bicyclist might be in your lane (but isn’t that always true?) or that a bicycle might be riding across the road in front of you (subbing for the crosswalk?).

Best as I can figure, it’s put up in places where there are separate lanes for left turn only, straight ahead only, and right turn only. But if you have to think that long about it to figure it out, is it really accomplishing its purpose?

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