Complete Streets Bike Lanes

Well-designed bicycle lanes are an effective street design element to safely and efficiently move bicycle and motorized traffic with minimal conflicts. When bicyclists use dedicated space in the roadway, they are more visible to motorists and less likely to be involved in rear-end crashes. Safer bicycling routes can reduce motorized traffic volumes and lesson parking demand. This is especially important in more densely developed areas where parking is in high demand and pedestrian activity is high.

Motorized vehicles should only enter bicycle lanes when necessary, such as when parking, entering a private drive, or turning at an intersection. Bicycle lanes should not be crossed, but rather merged through yielding to bicyclists. State law says "an operator shall make both the approach and the turn as closely as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway." This allows all roadway users to predict each other's movements and safely interact with each other.

Bicyclists must also do their part to ride around motorists in a predictable manner. Never make a left turn from a bicycle lane to the right of traffic. Instead, merge with motorists and queue in the left lane (or turn lane if available), then complete the left turn while yielding to oncoming traffic including pedestrians in the crosswalk. If a bicycle lane is blocked by a stopped vehicle, merge and pass to the left. Passing a stopped or slow moving vehicle on the right is dangerous.

Turning with Bike Lane