Bike Lane Guidelines

Bike Lane Guidelines
Bike lanes give you a space of your own while you ride on roads. While these lanes provide security to cyclists, they also pose hazards. You can follow some simple guidelines to stay safe.

Parked Cars

Whenever you pass a parked car, give yourself enough clearance to avoid a door that may open suddenly. You may need to leave the bike lane and merge into the right lane of traffic. Look over your shoulder to make sure traffic is clear before you move to the left.


Right Turn Lanes

There are times when the right lane, and your bike lane, turns into a right turn only. If this happens, merge left, out of the right lane completely. If you stay in the right lane, you risk being T-boned by a right-turning car.

Road Debris

Road debris is often thrown into the bike lane for a quick cleanup after a crash. Decide you if can safely ride over the debris, have room to move toward the curb to clear the hazard, or need to merge out of the bike lane.


Pass other cyclists on the left. You may need to merge out of the bike lane to give the other rider enough space. Look over your shoulder to make sure traffic is clear before you merge.

End Bike Lane

When the bike lane ends, stay as far to the right as possible. Know your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist. For example, you are allowed to take the entire right lane if you need to for safety. You also must follow all traffic laws.



Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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