It’s not often an overnight project involving the use of plungers is met with excitement, but that’s exactly what happened today in Boulder after bicycle commuters on 30th Street found someone had created a makeshift “protected” bike lane using plungers.

About 100 wooden-handled plungers lined both shoulders on 30th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Baseline Road, forming a MacGyvered barrier between vehicles on bicyclists to call attention to creating safer conditions for cyclists.

Jamie Pfahl was riding to work at about 7 a.m. when she came across the ad-hoc bike lane on 30th, which has been referred to as one of the more dangerous stretches of road in Boulder.

“It was a dream come true,” Pfahl said. “It was like Christmas morning, but in a family where the gifts are not that great.”

Pfahl is active online when it comes to bike advocacy, so she was probably not as shocked to see plungers adhered to the road as some people might have been. Plungers have been used elsewhere in the country to call attention to protected bike lanes, and in some cases have even resulted in more permanent structures being installed.

“I knew immediately what they were,” Pfahl said about seeing the plungers in Boulder.

“I was really excited that someone did something about it,” she said. “Someone finally took action.”

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