Ride the shoulder, ride bike lanes when available, ride single file, be aware of your surroundings. A case in point is Mast, once upon a time a nice cycling connector from HRD to Hamburg, Old Whitmore Lake Rd, etc. Sweep bike lanes clear of loose chip in the weeks following chip sealing. Since the publication of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, NACTO has released additional guidance on facility selection where goals include high-comfort or all-ages bicycling. A three-lane, asymmetrical (1+2), two-way road with bike lanes. Everything else 5. I commend every vehicle who shared the road with me that morning, because I put us all at risk, fighting a head wind and barely making 13 m.p.h. I keep a safe distance on their left side. Construction has begun on Heidelberg Road to install the first of the Victorian Government’s new pop-up bike lanes. Design bike lanes to separate road users and reduce the stress of motor vehicle passing events. 2010 Bicycle Plan Technical Design Handbook. When placed adjacent to parking, a solid white line marking of 4 inch width should be used between the parking lane and the bike lane to minimize encroachment of parked cars into the bike lane. A comprehensive study of crash and street design data from 12 cities finds that roads with protected bike lanes make both cycling and driving … This is not the way I was taught to ride on the road. "Measuring the Safety Effect of Raised Bicycle Crossings Using a New Research Methodology. John Forester challenged its conclusions, saying in part: “In the much more impressive cycle-track issue, the authors proclaimed enormous crash reduction without informing the readers [that they … A bike lane next to a parking lane shall be at least 5 feet wide, unless there is a marked buffer between them. This is meant to enhance the common sense that should prevail when sharing the road with machinery that is going much faster and weighs much more than you do. Cites European data which shows that separated bike lanes (with a physical barrier) cut the accident risk in half on high-speed roads (45 mph). @jcj "I suspect that even my 10 year old grandson could figure out that if there were the same amount of cyclist on the road as motorist there would be an astounding amount of car bike accidents." You may have a legal right to challenge a convoy of gravel trains to a lane on Parker Rd., but it would be foolhardy to do so, especially if you're rolling on high-pressure tires that won't hold up to going into the gravel at 18 m.p.h. “There’s an unprotected bike lane nearby that’s on a four-lane road, where people drive 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. So what if it's a curve? In the center, there is a space for cars with no center line. But just as a car can't be expected to travel in a lane that is unsafe, due to blockage or debris, bicyclists shouldn't be forced to travel on the shoulder or in bike lanes if conditions are unsafe for them to do so, which they quite often are. The woods grow thicker and frequently arch into a canopy as the trail meanders to Zukey Lake, a popular destination for swimming, boating and fishing. As far as calling the police when seeing the cyclist without lights. Wherever possible, minimize parking lane width in favor of increased bike lane width. They all have governors to limit their top speed at 64 mph. Although the pamphlet, "What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know," which is quoted by clara does specifically quote and give legal interpretations of Michigan State Motor Vehicle laws in several areas, the section that suggests that bicycles ride on shoulders or bike lanes when traveling on roadways that have posted speed limits of 45 mph or greater is merely a SUGGESTION. Motorized traffic needing to get to Dexter above 35 m.p.h. "San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan, Appendix B – Bicycle Design Guidelines/Best Practices Manual . I use hrd to go from my house on maple to strawberry lake road. It is marked, but can't be more than 2 feet wide - encompassing part of the curbing concrete. I've known three people that got killed riding their bikes, not going to join then by riding a bike or motorcyle. “Since bicyclists usually tend to ride a distance of 0.8-1.0 m (32-40 inches) from a curb face, it is very important that the pavement surface in this zone be smooth and free of structures. But they rights are not being infringed upon in any way by bicyclists using the road, even if their speed is. He had a saying: Many a poor so-and-so has died defending his right-of-way. Never ride against the direction of traffic (on the left side of the road). Yesterday there were three cyclists blocking a full lane of Ford Rd. @ Bababooey I have to say you certainly sound like a cyclist I would be happy to share the road with. LOL LOL LOL. I do ride in a park, Kensington and Island Lake, and I get road raged there as much as on the road. crosswind on I-90, where the speed limit is 75 m.p.h. I always check my mirror before making a right just in case somebody is zipping down the sidewalk, but I still get surprised. There’s no law in Michigan that says that a bicyclist has to use a bike lane if it’s provided, in part because if the bike lane isn’t safe to use, a bicyclist shouldn’t use it. Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. He's certified to teach the League of American Bicyclists Road 1 bicycle safety course. Life is dangerous. But it’s funny that the Michigan city with the most bike lanes does nothing to keep motorists out of them. This car lane is often wider than a normal lane but not wide enough for two cars to pass. You may never ride more than two abreast. What this means in practice is that when road conditions are good there should be sufficient space for cars to pass bicyclists safely with only a minor impedance in speed or, in most cases, no slowing at all. Locals are looking to expansion plans that would take the Lakelands Trail another 16 miles to Jackson, where it would link into Jackson's urban pathway system and provide a journey from sweeping rural vistas to urban conveniences. Bike lanes are typically on the right side of the street, between the adjacent travel lane and curb, road edge, or parking lane. Bicycle lanes are the most common bicycle facility in use in the US, and most jurisdictions are familiar with their design and application as described in the MUTCD and AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. I ride a bicycle and I drive. I always use shoulders when they are available, and often specifically seek out roads that have broad, usable shoulders whenever possible. I wonder if the start/stop/accelerations gas outputs are equal to or greater than if the bikers had just driven in the first place. Cyclists, as well as motorists need to learn to share the road. 2010 Bicycle Plan Technical Design Handbook. Ken Clark is chair of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Coordinating Committee. "Bicycle Facility Selection: A Comparison of Approaches. Plans include adding bike lanes to Dunham and Tinkers Creek roads in Maple Heights and Walton Hills, and adding a multi-use trail to the Mastick Road … Interesting piece. My taillight is LED as well and quite bright. Too bad Mr Clark didn't feel it necessary to point out to his cyclist friends some of the things cyclist are required to do by law! "Transportation Planning Handbook, Ch. Trail traffic increases as you head east, but the corridor remains a peaceful getaway. I don't bike on highly traveled roads only because I value my life too much. ", District Department of Transportation. 9: Creating On-Road Space for Cyclists. I have found that both bikers and drivers can behave very badly at times. Many more bad drivers because simply, there are more of them. It is also about the major transformation of our area landscape into subdivisions, developments, and urban-fringe sprawl. I am willing to pay a license fee based on the value of my bike if I am allowed every other road in the county as a bikes only road. As is true of any street, routes may contain pavement imperfections, including ruts, cracks, bumps, expansion joints and debris. When I informed my husband of this rating, his only comment was that the rest of the cities on the list must be pretty bad. The bicycle lane is defined as the area between the edge of travel lane and the edge of pavement. I'd like to see an article on the subject of 2-wheeled vehicles that includes input from local law enforcement. "Bicycle Facilities Design Manual Guidelines for the City of Redmond. jcj "how many times have a cyclist ridden 3-4 abreast while snickering under their breath about how the line of cars behind them has to yield to keep from killing the law breakers." Clara's and SillyTree's comments are quite valuable addendums to this opinion piece. I ask this because I worry that if I don't, an unseen bike approaching from behind might collide with my car as I'm making the right turn. Had the driver not seen him when s/he did it wouldn't have been pretty. AASHTO. Click on the images below to view 3D concepts of conventional bike lanes. AASHTO. The law in all 50 states is that the slowest vehicles on the road should ride the furthest to the right. Who said cyclists should be able to form rolling roadblocks? The burden of road construction and upkeep is borne by all people that pay taxes in this country (every time you buy goods at the store you are contributing to gas taxes in some way, so I don't want to hear the argument that only people who are actively driving in cars at any given moment are paying for road upkeep because it is patently false), and therefore the use of roads is extended to all law abiding citizens. Some people ride their bike to work to save money on gas. Loved this line: "This isnt the case in Ann Arbor, where motorists drive in bike lanes all the time, but it is true in Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Ann Arbor Township, Scio Township, Ypsilanti Township, and many other cities and townships in Michigan." Cycling is a great sport that I will do as long as I can. That would be the preferred thing to do. I don't know where the middle ground is here, but I often feel bikes on the roads can be a hazard. I haven't seen the section of the constitution that guarantees speedy transit to individuals or groups of individuals on public roadways. (2009). For a city population that takes a formal moral stand on things like the Gaza Strip, Immigration laws in other states, and has all those handicap parking spaces identified by the handicap blue parking meters, you guys are sure lacking in consideration and reason when it comes to some poor guy who can't afford a car riding a bicycle. At that point, the authorities switched to arrows in the direction of traffic to make it clear that people using the bike lanes still have to keep to the right. "Protected bike lanes are safer for everyone using them, not just pedestrians and bicyclists," says John Lloyd of Pasadena Complete Streets in the article. (Btw, it *is* Michigan Law that cyclists operating "on a roadway between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front... and with a red reflector on the rear..." (What Every MI Bicyclist Must Know, 2nd ed., p.26, quoting MVC 257.662).) This does not mean that all bikers or all drivers are bad. cyclist riding out Dexter past maple after dark in dark clothing with NO lights! Bike lanes are most helpful on streets with ≥ 3,000 motor vehicle average daily traffic. @Daniel Soebbing "One might argue that it is self centered to believe that a specific group of people should be able to use the roadway in a specific way to the exclusion of other groups of people who would like to use the roadway in a different way." In bad road conditions cyclists need to take the lane for their own safety (if they deem it to be "practicable" to do so), as well as the safety of motorists. ", RFM Transportation Consultants. Don't THEY know the law? ", Toole Design Group. (I don't recall any cases where a bike hit a car and the driver has injured or killed) When biking, I always stay on the shoulder or as far to the right as possible, as both a courtesy and a safety measure. "City of Davis Comprehensive Bicycle Plan. ", Moore, Brian, Olson, Jeff, & Buckland, Lauren. Ken Clark is a former regional director for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, chair of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Coordinating Committee, and chair of the Ann Arbor Environmental Commission Transportation Committee. Could bicycles potentially be banned from roadways due to a lack of constitutional right to ride a bicycle on the road? All roads in this collection require the After Dark DLC.The 3-lane (1+2) asymmetrical road also requires Mass Transit DLC. Share the road: Bicyclists ride along Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. Really? and Scio Church. Efficient traffic flow 3. American Journal of Public Health, 2012. ", Pucher, John, Jennifer Dill, & Sandy Handy. Providing a wide parking lane may offer similar benefits. Gee, can we drive cars three abreast? Authors description: A two-lane road with a dedicated median turn lane and bike lanes (green bike lane version). Ride to the right. Bicycles + Automobles = Trouble I wish there was a way that bikes and autos each had their own specific road to travel on. Thanks to its wide tires, it rolls over gravel and through mud with ease, and is not even fazed by potholes or roots. @macncheese....Please let me know where there is a park in Ann Arbor where I can safely ride 15-25mph for 20-50 miles. "Infrastructure, Programs, and Policies to Increase Bicycling: An International Review. [To stunhsif: sorry, in-joke: my brother drove OTR with JB for several years. "Street Smarts Task Force Bicycle Facilities Toolbox. I think it would be valuable to have an article that sorts out the rules of the road for the bicyclist. As for a sense of entitlement, I do feel entitled to drive my car on the roads my fuel taxes pay for. Your argument rings hollow! I did not intimidate them, I simply waited until I had a clear spot to pass. @ Peter Baker I love your comment. I'm sure a car driver was ever killed when a cyclist ran into them. Different states have varying requirements. The desirable bike lane width adjacent to a guardrail or other physical barrier is 2 feet wider than otherwise in order to provide a minimum shy distance from the barrier. Bike lanes designate an exclusive space for bicyclists through the use of pavement markings and signage. This is not an article or news it is an opinion piece. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. This isn’t the case in Ann Arbor, where motorists drive in bike lanes all the time, but it is true in Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Ann Arbor Township, Scio Township, Ypsilanti Township, and many other cities and townships in Michigan. Twenty miles of soft limestone surface from Stockbridge to Pinckney offer a pastoral backdrop and 6 miles of smooth asphalt carry you through rapidly growing Hamburg Township. If that was a spring Sunday morning, I can only imagine what 2pm on a saturday afternoon must be like. You can view the city code here. 4: On Road Bicycle Facilities. A little farther along, the trail skirts along behind shops, restaurants and snack stops in Hamburg Township. "Denver Bicycle Master Plan. Refer to, Lane striping should be dashed through high traffic merging areas. I can tell you I am not given the same courtesy by 1 out of a hundred cyclist! What is the liability to Washtenaw County if a biker actually tried to use that? “The recommended width of a bike lane is 1.5m(5 feet) from the face of a curb or guardrail to the bike lane stripe.”. Click the arrow box in the top left corner to bring up the interactive legend and click the button on the top right to expand the map to a larger view. There is no reason that couldn't change in the future, but there aren't any laws on the books that protect a driver's right to travel quickly or efficiently at the expense of other people that share the roadway, with the exception of freeways. In cities where local vehicle codes require motor vehicles to merge into the bike lane in advance of a turn movement, lane striping should be dashed from 50 to 200 feet in advance of intersections to the intersection. @Scott Hadley There are no stats on how many accidents were avoided by motorist yielding to law breaking cyclist. The Virginia Department of Transportation has begun major road paving within much of the Tysons area. But yes, it's always a matter of CHOICE. Increases total capacities of streets carrying mixed bicycle and motor vehicle traffic. The bike lane is located adjacent to motor vehicle travel lanes and flows in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. I can understand the frustration of drivers that can't get from point a to point b as fast as they want to because of presence of bicycles on the road. (2011). Bike lanes are typically on the right side of the street. Boy, that picture really tells the story of the total lack of consideration shown by the majority of bicyclists in Ann Arbor. Lane lines and stencil markings should be maintained to clear and legible standards. Cycling lanes reduce fatalities for all road users, study shows Roads are safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in cities with robust bike facilities The term “roadway” is specific; shoulders are not, by definition, part of the roadway (MCL 257.59a). This man rides up alongside the cars at intersections and might slow down as he crosses, but not always. US automobile drivers have some growing up to do; they don't own the road. 2. AASHTO. ", Arizona Department of Transportation. There are just as many bad cyclists as there are bad drivers on the roads (and sidewalks) in Ann Arbor. I recently saw that Ann Arbor was listed around in the "top 100 cities for bike riding" or (something like that). My 2 cents: I'm an avid cyclist and I've seen my fair share of bad cyclists and drivers. On streets with high traffic volume, regular truck traffic, high parking turnover, or speed limit > 35 mph, consider treatments that provide greater separation between bicycles and motor traffic such as: At the far side of all bike path crossings, At approaches and at far side of all arterial crossings, At beginning and end of bike lane pockets at approach to intersection. Now, as a cyclist I love bike lanes and I love big shoulders. While they might be "inconvenienced" by having to wait a few seconds for a safe time to pass a bike, I doubt they count the count the inconvenience they cause others as they sit after a light has changed because they are checking their emails. I can't believe how often I have gotten behind bikers riding 3 and 4 across, is that legal as well? I am legally entitled to drive at whatever speed I want (above posted minimum speeds, where applicable) and to bicycle on the road whenever I want. They’re not supposed to use it, since it isn’t part of the roadway, and certainly isn’t a bike lane. In the long run "manners" and "rights" do not matter. If I were a biker I would stay off of that road for a while. The reason bicyclists aren’t supposed to use paved shoulders is that if there is a problem with the shoulder, like a gaping pothole, and the cyclist gets hurt from that pothole, the cyclist is out of luck. I happen to know at least 5 miles of it is paved. AASHTO. Thanks for the great column, Ken. @John No car in sight in the photograph...When you one is riding a bicycle one must assume there are cars in the vicinity. How an in-depth article annarbor.com? I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed this article seemed to focus solely on the rights of cyclists, without spending equal time on the rules and responsibilities they are supposed to abide by. If a bicycle transgresses and cuts me off or runs a light, I give the right of way to that bike because I do not want to hurt anyone. ", Ohio Department of Transportation. In Michigan, bicyclists are required to keep to the right of the “roadway” (MCL 257.55). To argue that is dangerous dilutes the argument that they need to be more careful and courteous when motorist are approaching them. jcj, I suspect that Mr. Clark would advise you, as I do, to call the police when you observe illegal behavior. Or maybe it's all sexual in nature. "Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Chapter II: Facility Design Standards. No one would put their Cooper up against the Mayor of Truckville. "Wisconsin Bicycle Facility Design Handbook.". On bike lanes adjacent to a curb, “No Parking” signs (MUTCD R8-3) may be used to discourage parking within the bike lane. And how did you come to this conclusion? I agree with SillyTree that bikes on sidewalks can be hazardous, and that cyclists should use lights. Some jurisdictions have used a 200-mm (8-inch) line for added distinction.” Over the years, as Ann Arbor has added many miles of bike lanes, I’ve occasionally heard some really strange ideas about them. On streets with high transit vehicle volume. I don't know where the middle ground is here, but I often feel cars on the road can be hazard. Tar and gravel. I must also say the massive amount of HOV lanes around the area make them great to compare bike lanes too. My common sense after seeing three people I know die in bike/car collisions is to not ride a bike or motorcycle on roads, period! I ride my bike on the sidewalk, don't trust the people driving cars. between Scio Church and Jackson Rds., which is the same way I take to work. Most roads do not have bicycle lanes. For more vanilla-style roads, check out the parent collection: Vanilla+ Roads. I will tell you why! And the fault of most of those accidents would probably be the motorist. They are sooooooo dangerous - first for the pedestrians that are "in the way" and second because every 'frickin" driveway and intersection is a potential accident (people have not trained themselves to be looking for bikes crossing at crosswalks - even I have had near accidents, and I am a bike rider). I have a nice set of LED lights with rechargable batteries that rival car headlights. AASHTO. There's an implied law of road-sharing that includes bicycles and pedestrians, actually, but is mentioned specifically in Michigan's "What Every Driver Must Know": Driving with conditions. Would you feel better if you could actually hit a biker with your car? A solid white lane line marking shall be used to separate motor vehicle travel lanes from the bike lane. Increases predictability of bicyclist and motorist positioning and interaction. But most of the posters on this site are even more savvy than my grandson and they are able to see that there are some that would not admit the truth if they were choking on it! ", Gârder, Per, Lars Leden, & Urho Pulkkinen. Adapted from the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, published by Island Press. (2006). "Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan. When I road Mast in April on a Sunday morning about 10am, it was a squeeze of non-stop car traffic in both directions going to speed limit, which is at least 50 if not 55. ", Toole, Jennifer, & Bettina Zimny. You may never ride more than two abreast. Paths with dashed lines are "bicycle-friendly" but may not have dedicated lanes. A subscription to the small bike lane decal pack is required for bike arrows to show up on the bike lanes. As for driving on freeway shoulders: I know this is legal in South Dakota, but when I was there just a few years ago, there was a 20-30 m.p.h. No one is granted special rights to travel in an unimpeded fashion at the expense of others, though the use of freeways does grant motorists special rights in states in which bicycles are not allowed to travel on freeways. I truly believe many don't know their responsibilities while they're on the road. "New York City Bicycle Master Plan. I see bicycles locked to handicapped railings, as well. Impeding traffic riding abreast, speeding down sidewalks, lights and reflectors, yielding to right of way and traffic signals, shooting up from behind on the right at intersections where cars may be making turns - lots of things cyclists need to be reminded, and rules they should be held to just the same a drivers. The Google Map below shows all the cycling infrastructure in Toronto separated by type. And by law, they aren’t required to stay in a bike lane or to the right-hand side if they’re preparing to make a left turn. I was aware of broken side pavement and non-existent shoulders. Just purusing the comments........ @ Basic Bob "I suspect that when they get off their bicycles, they are equally rude as drivers. Hey Ken, don't preach to us about the rules for cars and bikes until more bicyclists accept that traffic laws apply to them as well as cars. I completely understand sharing the roads, but I think people get on a bike and think they own the road and can do whatever they want because they are on a bike. Rudest group on the planet! “Where parking is permitted but a parking stripe or stalls are not utilized, the shared area should be a minimum 3.6 m (12 feet) adjacent to a curb face … If the parking volume is substantial or turnover is high, an additional 0.3 to 0.6 m (1 to 2 feet) of width is desirable.” The best thing for a cyclist to do is pretend the bike lane isn't there and keep to the right as they normally would. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of MLive Media Group, You are viewing this article in the AnnArbor.com archives. It's not just a matter of "selfish" motorists vs. "ninnyhammer" cyclists, either. He's a year-round bicycle commuter on the Northeast side of Ann Arbor, and has commuted by bike for most of his 24 years as a resident of Ann Arbor. One small gust puts your Bianchi accidentally in the path of JB Hunt at 75/78/80 m.p.h. Happy Memorial Day, everybody. There are simply a lot more cars on the road around A2 now than 20 years ago, and I'll wager a lot more cyclists on those same roads. Motorists need to add a few seconds to their commute and give cyclists a break. If you want to throw-down on motorists, ask a trucker about his/her war stories. City of Los Angeles. This gets at the point of bike lanes, which is to encourage bicycling. "I haven't seen the section of the constitution that guarantees speedy transit to individuals or groups of individuals on public roadways. I would guess most cyclists would agree with me, and maybe then we'd have smooth roads to ride on. quickest way to loch alpine golf course or to visit friends there. AASHTO. That’s because there is a set of ordinances recommended by the Michigan State Police, called the Michigan Uniform Traffic Code (UTC), which makes it illegal to drive in a bike lane, and makes a violation a misdemeanor. Of snow by crews and utility covers should be delineated from the motor traffic. 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