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Roadscapes Wednesday: Drivers Education Needed For San Diego’s New ‘Advisory Bike Lanes’

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The city of San Diego recently turned a 2-lane neighborhood street with a double yellow line in the middle into what is called a “advisory bike lane.”  Yeah, you see this in Canada and Europe, and now you are seeing this in the United States too.

An advisory bike lane is a roadway striping configuration which provides for two-way motor vehicle and bicycle traffic using a central vehicular travel lane and “advisory” bike lanes on either side. The center lane is dedicated to, and shared by, motorists traveling in both directions. The center lane is narrower than two vehicular travel lanes and has no centerline; some are narrower than the width of a car. Cyclists are given preference in the bike lanes but motorists can encroach into the bike lanes in order to pass other motor vehicles after yielding to cyclists. Advisory bike lanes are normally installed on low volume streets.

Ottawa, Canada explains how a advisory bike lane works below.

Judging by the community reaction and comments, many people are not liking this.  For one, drivers are not used to something like this.  And two, people just don’t want to slow down and drive slower.  CBS 8 from San Diego has stories about this below.  Yeah, this is something America will eventually get used too, just like roundabouts.

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