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New safety measures installed for cyclists and drivers

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Cyclist are excited about a new addition to several miles of road in Downtown Memphis — poles standing three feet tall will help keep both cyclists and motorists safe on Danny Thomas Boulevard.

Tommy Brown and his friends love to ride bikes as much as they love the bike lanes you see along roads in the city.

Brown said he enjoys "the exercise and getting out and getting to see everybody and enjoy the landscape."

Brown was happy to hear about the new plan to put out poles or 'delineators' as they're also called. The devices, which are around three-feet tall, will outline bike lanes that stretch along both sides of Danny Thomas Boulevard. They will span 2 1/2 miles from Crump Boulevard to Alabama Avenue near St. Jude.

The poles are very flexible. While they won't physically stop a car from hitting cyclists, they should be a warning to drivers that there are bikers on the road.

At the city of Memphis's request, TDOT put in the poles as part of a resurfacing project along Danny Thomas Boulevard.

"Yes, it's kind of like a visual boundary. They have reflectors on them and they can be seen during the day or during the night," said Nichole Lawrence, TDOT.

Bike riders like Brown and his friends think the new poles will help save lives.

"I think it's a good idea because like you say, you have a lot of people that don't even look, and some people that ride bikes don't have the proper safety precautions like lights on like we have lights on ours," said Brown.

The new poles are being installed forty feet apart. Brown says not only will they help keep drivers out of the bike lanes, the reflective devices will also help bikers stay in their lanes and out of traffic.

TDOT says the nearly $2 million dollar resurfacing project along Danny Thomas Boulevard should be finished by the time summer rolls around.

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