1. Safety considerations Bikes are not required to travel in bike lanes when preparing for turns Never ride within three feet of parked cars; beware of the door zone Avoid bike lanes that you think are poorly designed or unsafe; alert your local government 2. Intersections Avoid riding in lanes that position you on the right side of a right-turn lane Bike lanes should stop before an intersection to allow for bikes to make left turns Always signal as you move out of a bike lane into another traffic lane 3. Debris Report obstructions and poor maintenance to your local government Avoid riding immediately adjacent to curbs where trash collects If debris forces you out of the bike lane, signal your move out into traffic 4. Parked cars Never ride within three feet of parked cars Watch for brake lights, front wheels, signals and driver movements Position yourself in the field of vision of a motorist pulling out of a parking space 5. Right turns Avoid riding in lanes that position you on the right side of a right-turning motorist Move out of the right-turn lane if you're not turning right Ride in the rightmost lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling6. Left turns Move out of the bike lane well in advance of the intersection; signal every move Position yourself in the rightmost left-turning lane Reposition yourself after executing the turn; remain clear of parked carsTip courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org).
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