Last week I mentioned my concerns about the bike-lane striping on the new pavement of Meridian Road (State Highway 69), northbound, just south of I-84. (Click HERE if you'd like to review.)
I happened to be in the same place again yesterday, this time with camera. I'll let you be the judge. (Click on the photo if you'd like to see it big.)
The striping was almost surely laid out by well-paid traffic engineers. How do they envision a cyclist safely negotiating this intersection, if the cyclist intends to continue north, rather than bearing right (onto Interstate 84)? The stripe actually goes around the corner and continues down the freeway entrance ramp. Odd indeed.
Just north of the intersection, the road overpasses the freeway; the bike lane continues, but one lane to the left. Frankly, I'm guessing they probably included width for a bike lane in the design specs, but never gave the actual use by cyclists much thought. They're totally focused on the (motor vehicle) traffic jam.
(Cyclists are allowed to ride on interstate highways in Idaho, but just because it's legal doesn't mean it's advisable... at least on the stretch between Meridian and Boise.)