Apr 12, 2023 - News

How Ingersoll's protected bike lanes work

Illustration of a pattern of bicycles.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Elevated bike lanes are being constructed along Ingersoll as part of the neighborhood's streetscape project.

Why it matters: The lanes are meant to protect cyclists from traffic and keep them from getting hit by car doors.

Yes, but: There's some confusion on how they work with vehicles pulling in and out of business parking lots.

How it works: The easiest thing for pedestrians to remember when they see the red-brick bike lane is that red means "don't go," Bobby Kennedy of the Street Collective tells Axios.

  • The concrete sidewalk is for pedestrians while the protected lane is for cyclists.
  • Pedestrians should still look both ways before crossing the lane.

As for drivers, they must yield to cyclists in the bike lanes just like any pedestrian on a sidewalk.

  • Drivers turning into a business parking lot must wait for an incoming cyclist to pass before turning.
  • Cars leaving a business must stop and check the sidewalk and bike lane before pulling forward to turn on the street.

What they're saying: Drivers are in a hurry and may want to quickly pull up but "you might miss someone coming up on you," Kennedy says.

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