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Bike Lanes


Overview
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Bike Lane in Richmond, BC

A Bike Lane is defined as a portion of the roadway that has been designated by striping, signage, and pavement markings for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists.[1] Though they are not bound by physical barriers such as bollards, medians or curbs, they do indicate where cyclists may travel with limited interference from cars. Bike lanes facilitate the predictable movement between cyclists and vehicles and often incorporate various markings and buffers for safer travel.

For a description and information on cycling infrastructure that does use physical barriers (i.e. physically separated bike lanes), see 'Cycle Tracks'.

Types of Bike Lanes

Bike lanes are not all the same and depending on various characteristics, may be organised into a series of categories. These include:


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REFERENCES

[1] National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), "Bike Lanes". Urban Bikeway Design Guide.

PHOTO REFERENCES

[1] Urban Richmond

FURTER READING

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Urban Bikeway Design Guide