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Expanding bike lane system

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By The Staff

Since Daylight Saving Time and spring are upon us, it is timely to review some principles of bicycle operation with respect to our new and growing system of bike lanes.

Currently, much of Central Avenue and Diamond Drive, as well as N. and S. San Ildefonso have bike lanes. More of these lanes are in the works, as the remaining two phases of Diamond Drive construction resulting in the entire length of this arterial having bike lanes. 

Phase 3, from 39th Street to south of North Road, is scheduled to start in the spring. It is timely to remind readers of some general laws and guidelines that apply.

First, the bike lane is a “traveled portion of the street.” According to code 38-353(a) “no motor vehicle shall be stopped, parked, or left standing, whether attended or unattended, upon the traveled portion of any street when it is practicable to stop, park or leave such vehicle off the traveled portion of the street.”

Parking a vehicle in the bike lane is not allowed and violators can receive a citation. The bike lanes do not need to be posted as no parking zones. Act accordingly and avoid forcing a cyclist to veer around your car.


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