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Bike lanes: Why and how to use them

You may have noticed that bike lanes are becoming more and more common in Seattle. These changes to the road actually have a variety of benefits to both bikers and drivers, but what are they? How should people operate on the road with these protected lanes?

Benefits of bike lanes

While the benefits of special bike lanes for bicyclists might be obvious, these lanes actually provide opportunity for everyone. Some of the benefits of bike lanes in Seattle are:

  • Safer sidewalks – Keeping bicyclists off the sidewalks and transferring them to safer spaces on the road keeps pedestrian safety in mind.
  • Organization – Having designated bike lanes keeps traffic organized. With bike lanes, drivers know where to expect bikers to be, rather than all over the road.
  • Decrease traffic – If biking is safer, more people will want to ride their bikes on a daily basis. This will decrease traffic overall in the city.

Rules for bike lanes

Now that you know some of the benefits of bike lanes, you will need to know how to navigate the streets with them. These are a few of the rules for driving with bike lanes:

  • Bicyclists have the right-of-way in uncontrolled intersections.
  • You can turn across bike lanes, as long as there is not a bicyclist present, drivers must yield to bicyclists in these situations.

Driving and biking with protected bike lanes is simple if you follow the laws and regulations. Increasing numbers of bike lanes have a variety of benefits for Seattle roads and should provide opportunity for all people.

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