Types of Bike Lanes
“Segregated cycle facilities” is the general term for lanes and paths dedicated to bicycle traffic that exclude motor vehicle traffic. There are different types of segregated cycle facilities used in Florida, including bike lanes, cycle tracks, shoulders, and sidepaths. They all share the common purpose of decreasing the number of Florida bicycle injuries resulting from collisions with cars.
A bike lane is separated from a roadway by a solid white stripe. It is designated for bicycle traffic, but bicyclists may leave the lane (to make a left turn, for example). The National Association of City Transportation Officials recommends bike lanes on streets that have average daily traffic levels of more than 3,000 motor vehicles and speed limits of more than 25 miles an hour. They come in four different varieties:
- Conventional bike lanes;
- Buffered bike lanes;
- Contra-flow bike lanes; and
- Left-side bike lanes
Conventional Bike Lanes
Conventional bike lanes are the most common type. Bicyclists travel the same way as motor vehicle traffic and are separated only by a lane marker. Conventional bike lanes create a separation between bicyclists and automobiles and increase predictability of bicyclists’ movement, but on streets with lots of traffic or a high speed limit, buffered bike lanes are recommended.
Buffered Bike Lanes
Buffered bike lanes are like conventional bike lanes, but with extra space separating the bike lane from the nearest traffic or parking lane. They help bicyclists avoid being hit by parked cars’ opening doors and provide more space between motor vehicles and bicycles.
Contra-flow Bike Lanes
Contra-flow bike lanes allow bicyclists to ride in one direction on a street while motor vehicles can drive in the other. They are installed on what would otherwise be one-way streets. They are recommended on low-speed, low-volume streets where large numbers of bicyclists already ride the wrong way.
Left-side Bike Lanes
Left-side bike lanes are like conventional bike lanes, but on the left side of a street instead of the right. They are recommended for one-way streets with lots of bus traffic or delivery trucks stopping on the right side, or streets with many right turns by motor vehicles.
Contact an Orange Park Bicycle Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, an Orange Park bicycle injury lawyer from First Coast Accident Lawyers may be able to help you recover for your injuries. Call (904) 215-5555 for more information.