Many cities around the United States have developed multi-lane roads and highways that are composed of a specially designed bike lane where bicyclists can freely travel with their bicycles without disturbing the inflow of cars. These bike lanes are usually located the rightmost area of the road in the same inflowing direction as cars, and they are designed so that there is enough space composed of gap between the adjacent lane and the bike lane. Vehicles must always respect bicyclists who travel in this direction by noticing them and sharing the necessary space between the vehicle and bike lanes.
Bicyclists on the other hand can effectively share the road with other cars by completely staying on their respective bike lane without moving to the main vehicle lanes, which may be a very dangerous maneuver considering the speed and direction of the incoming traffic, and by placing an illuminated and intermittent red light on the backseat of the bicycle in order to get noticed during nighttime.
Just like with pedestrians, users of motorized vehicles have the obligation by law to allow the free movement of bicyclists in their respective areas including the area in which bicyclists have to cross when a stoplight is present. Sharing the road with bicyclists is also seen as a solely unique activity to promote the level of environmental care and sustainable use of alternative ways of transportation, especially in cities located within large metropolitan areas, with high numbers of residents, urban congestion, traffic jams and narrow roads and highways.
- When approaching or passing a bicycle, slow down to a safe speed.
- After you have passed a bicyclist, do not slow down or stop quickly. A quick stop could lead to the bicyclist crashing into your vehicle.
- Do not sound your horn close to bicyclists, unless you must do so to avoid a crash.