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Pavement Markings: Bicycle Lanes

Bicycle lanes are areas along the edge of the roadway created by marking an eight-inch wide, solid white pavement markings approximately five feet from the curb or edge of the pavement. In addition to the white pavement markings on the road, bike symbols and arrows are placed on the pavement within the bike lane and appropriate signage is placed adjacent to the roadway.

Bicycle Lane


Advantages

  • Provides a place for bicyclists to ride in their own designated lane
  • Narrows the motor vehicle travel lane which may cause motorists to reduce their operating speeds

Disadvantages

  • Markings require continuous maintenance
  • Signs are a requirement
  • Excessive signs can cause visual clutter
  • There is not a law preventing motorists from parking in a bike lane
  • Level of speed reduction is usually minimal

Eligibility Considerations

  • Street width must exceed 34 feet
  • Connectivity to local venues or other bike lanes should be present
  • Little to no homes facing the roadway

 

Reduced Speed One Star   Reduced Volume No Star
Enhanced Safety One Star   Maintenance Three Star

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