Cyclists use 120 plungers to raise bike lane awareness

Cyclists in Omaha, Neb., raised awareness of protected bike lanes by gluing 120 plungers to the street Monday along the designated lanes.

The Omaha World-Herald reports this particular street has been the scene of multiple accidents between cars and bicyclists. By using the reflective-wrapped plungers to demonstrate where the lanes lie, advocates said traffic would slow and the street would become safer.

“The plan was to leave them out for 36 hours so people could see what a protected bike lane could do,” said Stuart Nottingham, cyclist and plunger advocate.

The City Works Department claimed the plungers were a road obstruction and removed them after about four hours.