Bike Lane Pavement Markings
Howard asked: I received a ticket for parking in a bicycle lane. There were cars parked on both sides of the street and you could not see any bicycle symbols. How frequent and how far apart do these markings have to be to comply with the law? One symbol per mile? Per 100 ft.? The street was blocked off for an art show, and there were lots of ticketed cars.
Apparently you were violating this statute:
s. 316.1945 – Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places
(1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
(b) Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers,
(6) On an exclusive bicycle lane.
The statutes do not provide roadway design guidelines. The national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices gives guidance about distance between bike lane markings.
Section 9C.04 Markings For Bicycle Lanes
…. bicycle lane word, symbol, and/or arrow markings should be placed at the beginning of a bicycle lane (And 100 feet from the end of a bike lath) and at periodic intervals along the bicycle lane based on engineering judgment.
The MUTCD was adopted as required by state law for use as the standard for roadway signs and pavement markings.
Florida Department of Transportation
Plans Preparation Manual
The MUTCD is therefore the basic guide for marking. The requirements of the MUTCD shall be met, as a minimum, on all roads in the State.
If you need further information about the placement of the bike lane markings, you should contact the engineers who designed the roadway in question to determine their criteria.