What is the purpose of bike lanes?
The primary purpose of a bike lane is to allow bicyclists and motorists to travel at different speeds without impeding one another. Additionally, bike lanes may:
  • Support and encourage bicycling as a means of transportation
  • Help define road space
  • Promote a more orderly flow of traffic
  • Encourage bicyclists to ride in the correct direction, with the flow of traffic
  • Give bicyclists a clear space to be so they are not tempted to ride on the sidewalk
  • Remind motorists to look for cyclists when turning or opening car doors
  • Reduce the chances of motorists and bicyclists straying into each other's path
  • Make it less likely that motorists will swerve across the centerline while passing bicyclists
  • Decrease the stress level of bicyclists riding in traffic

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1. What is a bike lane?
2. Are there special rules for riding in bike lanes?
3. If a bike lane is present, must bicyclists ride in the bike lane?
4. May motor vehicles enter bike lanes?
5. What is the purpose of bike lanes?
6. Where and when is it appropriate to install a bike lane?
7. Are bicyclists safer when in bike lanes?
8. If there is no bike lane, where are bicyclists supposed to ride?
9. Must bicyclists move to the side of the road if an emergency vehicle (in emergency mode) is approaching?
10. What can bicyclists do to improve their safety and comfort when riding in traffic?
11. How can I learn more about bike lanes, bicycle safety or other transportation-related issues?