Driving instructions

Here’s an interesting visual aid for Mineapolis, a city where there is enough paint on the streets to merit explanation. Several things on their list would be a good idea for Ithaca. But the main thing I’m curious about — is their paint actually still visible at this time of year?

 

From: Understanding Bicycle Markings in Minneapolis

Marking

Symbol

Picture

When you bike

When you drive

Bike Lane Bike Lane - Icon b Bike Lane - Photo Small Dashed is a merge area – look for turning vehicles Solid line is just for bikes – dashed line is a yield area
Green Bike Lane  Green Bike Lane - Icon b  Green Bike Lane - Photo Small Ride in the green area – look for turning vehicles Use extreme caution – yield to bikes when turning
Advisory Bike Lane  Advisory Bike Lane - Icon b  Advisory Bike Lane - Photo Small Like a standard bike lane – look for merging vehicles Like a standard bike lane – look for merging vehicles
Buffered Bike Lane  Buffered Bike Lane - Icon b  Buffered Bike Lane - Photo Small Bikes ride in bike lane – enjoy the extra elbow room Bikes ride in bike lane – enjoy the extra elbow room
Cycle Track  Cycle Track - Icon b  Cycle Track - Photo Small Ride in the bike lane – look for pedestrians and car doors Drive or park to the left of the bike lane
Shared Lane  Shared Lane Marking - Icon b  Shared Lane Marking - Photo Small Symbols indicate a safe and visible place to ride Expect to see bicyclists – only pass bikes when safe
Green Shared Lane  Green Shared Lane - Icon b  Green Shared Lane - Photo Small Green indicates a safe and visible place to ride Expect to see bicyclists – only pass bikes when safe
Bike Boulevard  Bike Boulevard - Icon b  Bike Blvd - Photo Small Designated bike route on a quiet street – enjoy your ride! Designated bike route on a quiet street – drive slowly
Bike Box  Bike Box - Icon b  Bike Box - Photo Small Slide up front while you wait – the box is for bikes Wait behind the solid white line and yield to bikes

Some illustrations in this section are based on illustrations by Chicago Cartographics for the Minneapolis Bicycle Map, published by Hedberg Maps, Inc.”


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2 Responses to “Driving instructions”

  1. Bike lanes in Ithaca:
    – get swept off about once a year
    – are only repainted once a year, with low quality paint
    – errant bike symbols get the expensive paint, but aren’t located where drivers tend to be a problem, and were repainted over still nicely existing symbols
    – are still located along parked cars (even though the spots moved on E State St seemed to cause zero concern)

    To top if off, our police actually try to ticket people using the sharrows or riding more than a foot from the curb.

    I’d rather see Ithaca work on those issues before considering any special new markings.

  2. I agree with you. It’s kind of my point. In cities where cycling infrastructure is taken seriously, they have moved way beyond the kind of trivia that we deal with. What *should* be trivia, that is.

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