The City of Edmonton is proud to launch the third season of our bike awareness and education campaign, “Let’s Get There Together.” This campaign encourages cyclists and motorists to watch out for each other and share the road, to ensure that everyone arrives to their destination safely.
Edmonton currently offers 86 kilometers of cycling routes, with another 20 kilometers to be installed this summer. These numbers are in line to achieve our goal of 500 kilometers of installed bike lanes within the next 10-20 years.
As cyclists become a greater percentage of the commuter demographic, cyclists and motorists, alike, should be fully aware of the safety guidelines surrounding the various types of bicycle routes within our city. Some of these routes are reserved bike lanes, while others are shared-use lanes. A reserved bike lane designates a specific right-of-way for cyclists. It is separated by a solid white line and is marked with an image of a bicycle and a white diamond. Motorists are not supposed to drive, stop, or park inside a bike lane. However, they can cross the bike lane when turning into driveways or access ways. They can also cross a bike lane when parking is permitted between the bike lane and the curb. New to our streets are the buffered bike zones. The buffered zone adds more space between cyclists and motorists, making cycling on busier streets easier.
Shared-use lanes are different from bike lanes. They indicate that the roadways are shared between motorists and cyclists. A shared-use lane guides cyclists on the road and reminds drivers to expect cyclists in their travel lane. They are identified by an image of a bicycle capped by a pair of arrows called sharrows.
Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are not obligated to use bike lanes or shared-use lanes. For both motorists and cyclists, knowing how to use these on-street bike routes, or operate around them, is key to keeping everyone safe. Commuters of all modes of transportation should signal, be predictable, and give each other appropriate spacing to operate safely.
Throughout the summer, you will see ads on buses, in newspapers and online with bike awareness and education messages. I encourage Edmontonians to visit Edmonton.ca/together for detailed information about new bike routes and how to safely use them.
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