A bike lane is a striped and signed lane that provides a dedicated space on the road for people on bikes. They should be used the same as any other travel lane, so follow the same rules of the road.
Things to look out for:
The Michigan Vehicle Code does not require bicyclists to ride in bike lanes even if they are present. In addition, local communities cannot supersede state law requiring such.
There are many reasons when bicyclists would not want to ride in a bike lane, such as:
As with any other lane changes, be sure to first scan, signal and yield.
How Should Motorists and Bicyclists Operate when on a Roadway with a Bicycle Lane?
A person shall not operate a vehicle on or across a bicycle lane, except to enter or leave adjacent property. This means that drivers are to make turns from the travel lane and not the bicycle lane. The Uniform Traffic Code prohibits parking in a marked bicycle lane, except where permitted by official signs.
How do Motorists Make Right Turns when a Bicycle Lane is Present?