A working group has come together to develop Bike Delaware’s first ever bike lane position statement: “Bike Lanes Where Shoulders Become Right Turn Only Lanes”. Throughout the state, DelDOT has identified a system of bicycle routes. Many of these consist of wide shoulders where riding is feasible even when the prevailing speed of adjacent motorized traffic is high. The challenge to bicyclists comes when these shoulders suddenly or gradually become dedicated right turn lanes for cars. When a “right turn only lane” (RTOL) is present, the shoulder ends and the bicyclist must merge with vehicular traffic, causing potential hazards and crash situations for the bicyclist(s), turning driver, and all adjacent traffic. On higher speed roads (45+ mph), it becomes frightening for virtually every class of bicyclist.
Therefore, on all DelDOT identified state, regional and connector bicycle routes, Bike Delaware strongly advocates that bike lanes be installed to the left of right turn only lanes wherever these occur. To validate our position, it is important that we provide survey data from none other than Delaware bicyclists themselves. Are you willing to help us in this endeavor? All it takes is answering 4 simple questions HERE!