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Bike Lanes

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:

  • Parked cars.  Be sure you ride far enough over to stay clear of an opening car door
  • Vehicles that are turning right without a signal

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:

  • Making a left turn
  • Passing another bicyclist
  • Going around potholes, debris, and other hazards 

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?

  1. When turning right, a motorist should always yield to bicyclists going straight. Never pass a bicyclist and then “hook” them by making a turn immediately in front of them.
  2. Once the bicyclist passes through the intersection, the motorist should then begin their right turn.
  3. Only after the bicyclist clears the intersection or driveway should the motorist complete their turn.

Sources: League of American Bicyclists, Michigan Department of Transportation - What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bicycle Lanes





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