Unsafe Bicycle Facilities
Herman asked: Where I live we have several bike lanes that are routed to the right of not only right turn only lanes, but also to the right of combined thru/right turn lanes. As well as being in the door zone. Our local Bicycle Advocacy and pedestrian coordinator doesn’t see a problem with this. Who else can one contact in regards to these unsafe conditions?
In the past, the guidelines permitted those installations. FDOT has revised those guidelines. Many such installations remain and will probably not be corrected until the roadway is repaved or otherwise changed and the new guidelines are used. Door zone bike lanes are still included in the guidelines.
You should check with the state, county or municipality authority having jurisdiction over the particular roadway in question to determine the future plans. In order to properly influence the planning process, we need to be fully aware of the requirements and be immersed in early planning. That usually means being aware of the plans from their inception, possibly five or more years in advance. FDOT publishes a long-term planning document for their projects. You should determine those plans for your area and insure they meet current standards. Your local Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee may be able to assist.