A new Bike Lane opened on York Boulevard in Highland Park on back December 2, joining bike lanes already open on Avenue 50.
Bike Lanes are planned for in Eagle Rock.
Several local bloggers wrote about our bike lanes as they first opened:
But, speaking as an automobile driver here, I soon realized I did not know the rules of the road that apply to sharing the streets with bicyclists. I think that might be true for many drivers.
Here's a good example: If a driver needs to make a right turn, do you merge into the bike lane before making the turn, or are you supposed stay out of the bike lane completely, and cross it only when you come to the corner to make your turn?
The answer is merge into the bike lane, in the last 200 feet before making the turn.
From the California Driver's Handbook:
A bicycle lane is shown by a solid white line along either side of the street, four or more feet from the curb. The white line will usually be broken near the corner and the words "BIKE LANE" will be painted in the lane. When you are making a right turn and are within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane to make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lane at any other time.
You may park in a bicycle lane if your vehicle does not block a bicyclist and/or there is not a "No Parking" sign posted.
Pedestrians are not allowed in bicycle lanes when sidewalks are available. Drivers of motorized bicycles should use bicycle lanes carefully to avoid collisions with bicyclists.
I read some comments in a bicyclist forum about many drivers darting across the bike lane to make a right turn at the last possible moment.
I would offer that those drivers are probably not purposely trying to wipe out cyclists; they are operating under the misktaken notion that they must stay out of the bike lane at all times.
Councilman Reyes, Councilman Huizar, if you are reading this, may I suggest a series of Public Services Annoucements (street posters, online, radio, whatever) might help inform drivers and cyclists alike about safely sharing the road!