Lane Width & Sharing

Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

The laws that apply to bicyclists relate to two lane widths, narrow and wide.  A narrow lane is a substandard-width lane if a motor vehicle cannot travel safely side by side with a bicycle within the lane.  In such circumstances a bicyclist need no keep right and may legally impede other traffic

In a wide lane, usually a minimum of 14 feet, bicyclists may not ride two abreast and must keep right to avoid impeding other traffic unless travelling at the same speed or greater than other traffic, passing, preparing for a left turn or avoiding any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition.

Category: Lane Width & Sharing
Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

The laws that apply to bicyclists relate to two lane widths, narrow and wide.  A narrow lane is a substandard-width lane if a motor vehicle cannot travel safely side by side with a bicycle within the lane.  In such circumstances a bicyclist need no keep right and may legally impede other traffic

In a wide lane, usually a minimum of 14 feet, bicyclists may not ride two abreast and must keep right to avoid impeding other traffic unless travelling at the same speed or greater than other traffic, passing, preparing for a left turn or avoiding any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition.

Impeding Other Traffic

Question Sean asked: A group of riders and myself (also a rider) were discussing the age old question of whether it’s better, from both a safety and legality standpoint, whether it’s better for us to ride single file in our

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Impeding Traffic, Lane Width & Sharing

Keep Right and Stop Signs

Question Beth asked: A few situations have happened and I am questioning if the police officer is correct. Riding bike down a 2-lane road with no available shoulder. How much lane usage can I take up? I got stopped for

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Club Rides Taking the Travel Lane

Question Gary asked: In Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores FL, Gulf Blvd is one lane divided by a double yellow line which means no passing. There’s a designated bike lane. These groups of bicycle club riders some times blocks

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Overtaking & Passing

Two Abreast in a Narrow Lane

Question Tim asked: Are you allowed to ride double file on a sub-standard lane?

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing

Narrow Lane Court Case Outcome

Question Thomas asked: So, I recently inquired about a case in which I received a citation. I just got out of court, and the case was dismissed however it seemed to me that he felt I was wrong but didn’t

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing

Citation and Substandard-Width Lane

Question Tom asked: So this is a multi stage issue/question. While I’m not particularly proud of how I handled the officer (He irritated me right off the bat) I think transparency would be best. The audio is horrible but there

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing

Maintenance of Bike Lanes

Question Frans asked: Taking the full lane or riding close to the middle. The city has bike lanes at different streets. Good, well they are poorly maintained and most are no longer 4 feet wide. I asked the county to

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Lane Width & Sharing

Motorbikes and Lane Splitting

Question Frans asked: Question 1: As I understand, lane splitting is illegal except when the width of the lane (14 ft minimum) provides enough space for two vehicles. A motorbike is not much wider than a bicycle, which makes you

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Overtaking & Passing

Imaginary Laws

Question Marc asked: How do you handle a deputy who tells you that must keep to the extreme right of a substandard roadway or ride on the sidewalk?

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Misc

Yielding to Backed Up Traffic

Question Laura asked: In Florida, is it law that cyclists (and I presume motorists) must pull off the road when practicable, when a certain number of vehicles are following behind them in a non-passing zone? As a young driver of

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Overtaking & Passing