We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Bike Lanes?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Bike lanes are specially designated sections of a roadway which are dedicated to the use of bicycles. Many cites around the world use bike lanes as part of an overall traffic management strategy, and bike lanes may also be supplemented by separate cycle trails and paths as well. The topic of bike lanes is actually a bit controversial; some cyclists, for example, believe that they are not necessary and sometimes dangerous, while others advocate strongly for the use of bike lanes to protect cyclists and make it easier to share the road.

A bike lane typically runs between the section of the road dedicated to cars and the curb or shoulder. Commonly, a road will also include a space for people to pull out and park, placing the bike lane between rows of parked cars and the roadway. By creating a designated space for cyclists to use, the bike lane can make cycling safer when both bikes and cars are aware of each other.

Cities install bike lanes in the hope of routing traffic smoothly and with the goal of reducing conflict between cyclists and pedestrians. Alas, these goals are not always met. For example, cyclists sometimes need to cross vehicle traffic when turning, and this can confuse motorists, as the cyclists must leave the bike lanes. In some cases, bike lanes are also not engineered very well, forcing cyclists into potentially dangerous and conflicting situations, and vehicles are sometimes forced into bike lanes for things like turning, thus making the lanes dangerous for cyclists.

One of the major arguments for bike lanes is that they tend to encourage cycling, and this does appear to be the case. New cyclists perceive bike lanes as beneficial, and they may be more likely to bike when they see that their cities are making provisions for them. Bike lanes are also a good idea in cities with a high volume of bike traffic, as they allow cities to establish municipal laws which are aimed specifically at cyclists, using bike lanes as safety tools. Novice cyclists also benefit from bike lanes, as they help by creating a designated section of roads for cyclists to use.

In order to be effective, bike lanes must be combined with common sense. Cyclists must be responsible for signaling their intentions and keeping an eye on surrounding traffic, for example, while motorists need to yield to cyclists in bike lanes. Motorists are also responsible for clear signaling, and both parties should be aware of prevailing right of way laws, ensuring that they stay safe and traffic remains unobstructed.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGeek researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.