Just in time for the Oktoberfest parade, crews are putting the finishing touches on the redesign of Second Street in La Crosse. They have spent the past month reconfiguring the layout of the street that runs past our radio building. That includes some bump-outs at Second and State, and the addition of new bike lanes. I don’t have a problem with the bike lanes, even though it has taken away about a dozen parking spots. The problem, again, is trying to make sense of what all the lane markings mean. There are solid yellow lines, dotted yellow lines, some green shaded areas, images of bicycles, arrows, and some mysterious pattern of two solid white lanes connected by diagonal lines. These are located between the southbound driving lane and the bike lanes. I’m not sure what those markings indicate. I don’t remember seeing that when I studied for my driver’s test decades ago. Further south, in front of the La Crosse Center, there are driving lanes, bike lanes, these mystery white lanes and then some blank space, which isn’t clear if it to be used by cars or cyclists. And still, the northbound lane is too narrow, causing larger vehicles, especially semis, to cross the dividing line to avoid hitting parked cars. When I heard they were going to redo Second Street, I was hopeful they would make the confusing lane markings more clear, but somehow, instead, they have only made it worse.