Isn’t It Time We Got Along?
September 12, 2011
One road to share
As construction wraps up on 21 new kilometres of reserved bike lanes and shared-use lanes on Edmonton streets, the City of Edmonton is reminding motorists and cyclists to be aware of each other and share the road.
“These types of bicycle routes are relatively new in Edmonton,” says Councillor Ben Henderson. “As motorists and cyclists, it is important that we learn to use them, so we can share the road safely and watch for each other.”
A reserved bike lane designates a specific right-of-way for cyclists where motorists are not permitted to drive, stop or park. Motorists are permitted to cross bike lanes when turning into accesses or driveways. Motorists are also permitted to cross bike lanes when parking between the curb and the bike lane. When crossing a bike lane, motorists are always reminded to check for cyclists first, and yield if a cyclist is already occupying the bike lane.
Shared-use lanes are different from reserved bike lanes as they indicate motorists and cyclists should occupy the same lane of traffic. Shared-use lane markings guide cyclists on the road and remind drivers to expect cyclists in the same lane of traffic.
Cyclists are not restricted to travel within reserved bike lanes or shared-use lanes only. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists on city streets. Cyclists and motorists are required to obey the rules of the road at all times.
“It is important that motorists don’t drive or stop in the bike lanes and are courteous to cyclists,” says Henderson. “We also want to remind cyclists to ride predictably and keep a distance from parked cars to avoid opening doors.”
Edmontonians are invited to visit oneroad.ca to find detailed information about the new on-street bike routes and learn how to use them safely.
The bike lane and shared-used lane symbols can be found at the City of Edmonton photo gallery, as well as the campaign visual and the maps showing the new on-street bicycle routes.