Different Kinds of Bike Lane Markings

There is so much variety connected with bike lanes! It is not always just a white line at the side of the road – the language of bike lanes is complex. Here is a list of the bike lane types and what they mean:
– The traditional white line and diamond (with a bike symbol) means reserved only for cyclists – not shared, and one way.
– A sign called a “Sharrow” which allows both drivers and cyclists to share the road, rather than to have a regular bicycle lane. It is two chevrons, and most importantly, a bicycle underneath that. This indicates that the lane is only shared between cars and bikes. They are usually used for quieter streets, where there is less traffic and less possibility for injury.
– Yellow bicycle lanes allow cyclists to go both ways, when traffic is one way.
– Three dots are used at some intersections as activators for street lights. Cyclists are required to stop on the dots to have the street lights turn from red to green.
– White, dashed lines mean that a car can pass through. This is usually used at places where turns are allowed, so the car can pass through more easily rather than having to make a large turn around a bike lane.
– There are also ‘filled’ green bike lanes. These signal places where collisions are common, so both the cyclist and the motorist can take extra care in that area.
– There are different kinds of curbs, borders, even poles used to distinguish the main road with a bike lane. This is sometimes inconvenient for cars as they have to be extra careful not to bump into a pole (or ride on the bumpy curb), rather than bumping into a bike rider.

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