Cycling Signage: What do You Prefer?

When it comes to ‘Share the Road’ versus ‘Bikes May Use Full Lane’ signs, which do you prefer and why? We’re interested in hearing from both drivers and cyclists!

Image Source: Capital Coexist


Image Source: Capital Coexist

15 responses to “Cycling Signage: What do You Prefer?”

  1. mister_ethan says:

    In many cases it depends on the street. Obviously in places where there is only one lane, like Delaware Ave, something that says I have the right to use the full lane is helpful. In other places, where there is more than one lane, I think a “share the road” is adequate- drivers can always change lanes to go around.

    Either way, any signage is better than nothing. It educations drivers AND cyclists.

  2. Emma says:

    The state DOT has said that the “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signs may not be used anymore. They’re not requiring that the ones on Delaware be removed, but they are not allowing them to be used anywhere in the state. They explain it as not allowing signs that are exceptions to the rule. It sucks, cuz they’re awesome signs, but at this point the relevant discussion to be having is what sort of sign would be the most effective in ALL bikes-on-road situations? DOT is willing to hear suggestions for potential future signs.

  3. Sarah says:

    What Emma said- “bikes may use full lane” is a much more powerful sign, but the point seems to be moot.

  4. We understand DOT’s perspective and decision. If one sign has more support than the other, maybe something can be changed when they do another update of their MUTCD.

  5. Nelson Ronsvalle says:

    May use full lane is more definitive language. Share the road is a bit ambiguous. Circumstances may require cyclists to use the full lane (e.g. left turns, car or other encroachments on the shoulder, etc.). Full lane makes it clear bikes are entitled to use of ALL the road. Some drivers interpret share the road as bikes are allocated the road shoulder for their use, and nothing more.

  6. Emma says:

    It doesn’t seem that DOT is open to using the Bikes May Use Full Lane sign, now or later. The discussion is closed, regardless of advocacy, because it’s not just a question of this sign – it’s an agency-wide policy that this sign is in violation of. Surveying the bike advocacy crowd to see if they like the sign is not going to make the difference on this, unfortunately. There have been some decent suggestions for alternates. If cap coexist wanted to hose a brainstorming session for that, it’d be energy better spent.

  7. Emma,

    Excellent suggestion and likely a near future follow-up post.

  8. Z. Fechten says:

    Actually, it’s not an agency policy. it’s state law. If it were an agency policy, then the signs could be used on city or village streets, and town and county roads.

    However, signs and markings on any road open to the pubic must comply with state and federal regulations. This includes shopping centers and other private roads.

  9. The “Share the Roadway” seems to be working well here in Clifton Park and along the Byway where we have them (generally in areas where there are substandard shoulders and/or lane widths). “Bicycles May Use full lane” is consistent with Vehicle Law, but may encourage us cyclists to be more aggressive that we should be.

  10. Henny O'Grady says:

    Many suburban roads do not have shoulders. Consequently, Bikes May use Full Lane is clearer and more meaningful for both cyclists and the driving public.

  11. Jay Holick says:

    I am with all of those who think “Bikes May Use Full Lane” states the message loud and clear, and is definitive language.

  12. ljp says:

    “….may use full lane” is the way to go…..

  13. Sarah says:

    ‘may use full road’ but can we please make it yellow? Honnestly I don’t care what the text is, I think the sign color is more important.

  14. J Fahey says:

    How about using both signs in that Greenish-Yellowish stuff. Someone is bound to see it.

  15. Martin Daley says:

    I agree 100% with Nelson’s post (#5)

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