A Bike Lane
is a portion of the roadway designated by striping, signing, and/or
pavement markings for the preferential use of bicyclists and have a
preferred width of five feet. Bicycle lanes include a bicycle pavement
marking with an arrow to indicate that bicyclists should ride in the
same direction as adjacent motor vehicle traffic.
Bicycle lanes can provide the following benefits:
- Increase the comfort of
bicyclists on roadways, Increase the amount of lateral separation
between motor vehicles and bicycles,
- Indicate the appropriate location
to ride on the roadway with respect to moving traffic and parked
cars, both at mid-block locations and approaching intersections,
Increase the capacity of roadways that carry mixed bicycle and
motor vehicle traffic,
- Increase predictability of bicyclist and motorist movements, and
- Increase drivers’ awareness of bicyclists while driving and when opening doors from an on-street parking space.
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