Dallas Bikeway System

​​Bicycle System Facilities

​Shared Lane Markings are pavement markings that are placed within the vehicular travel lane of the roadway. Unlike bicycle lanes, they do not designate a particular part of the roadway for the exclusive use of bicyclists. Shared lane markings indicate the location bicyclists should be anticipated to operate within the travel lane. The bicycle symbols used in shared lane markings include two chevrons over a bicycle pointing in the direction of vehicle travel to indicate that bicyclists should also ride in this direction. Shared lane markings may be placed within travel lanes of any width, typically on roadways posted at 35 mph or below.

Shared lane markings have the following benefits:

  • Provide a visible cue to bicyclists and motorists that bicycles are expected and welcomed on the roadway,
  • Indicate the most appropriate location to ride on the roadway with respect to moving traffic and parked cars,
  • Can be used on roadways where there is not enough space for dedicated bicycle lanes,
  • Connect gaps between other bicycle facilities, such as a narrow section of roadway between road segments with bicycle lanes, and
  • Can be used on roadway segments in lieu of bicycle lanes where bicyclists may be operating at higher than normal (12-14 mph) speeds due to downhill grades adjacent to parked vehicles.

N. Bishop AvenueImage from BACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide 

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