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Some say drivers ignore Baronne bike lane

At the corner of Poydras and Baronne, there's traffic in almost every direction.

“Yeah, you've got to keep an eye out and look through both mirrors,” says Paul Boring.

In the midst of all the activity, cyclist have their own lane. It's a lane set aside by the city just for them - but is it really?

“You know it's a bike lane if there's a bike in it, otherwise it's just another lane,” says Boring.

Most of an 11-block stretch of Baronne Street has been reduced from two lanes to one to accommodate bikes. Still, drivers ignore it. Cyclists are left to weave in and out of the lane that's supposed to be just for them.

“There's been another guy here that's been hit a couple of times. It's all about your experience as a cyclist,” says Shea Schnexneydre.

As a delivery man for Jimmy Johns, Schnexneydre rides around the city for a living and he knows what to look for.

“They'll park in the bike lane further down the street. They do not respect cyclists at all,” says Schnexneydre.

“The thing about it is, they had two lanes ever since I've known about it. Now it ties up traffic,” says Wallace Toney.

Wallace Toney's been driving a cab since 1970. While he claims he's never driven in the bike lane, he sympathizes with those who do, citing the traffic buildup it creates. Plus, he doesn't believe cyclists use it enough. The bike lane certainly isn't heavily traveled, but we did see and talk to several cyclists, like Andrew Johnson who's actually biking across the country right now.

“I'm happy it's here. I mean, it sucks that people are just driving on it, but there's worse places than this. It would be cool, though, if people didn't drive on it,” says Johnson.

Driving in the bike lane can come with a hefty fine of $300. Cyclists hope more enforcement will help raise awareness.

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