Bike lanes come in several forms - often ill thought out - frequently, it appears by council officials who have never actually ridden a bicycle.
The silliest of all is the "advisory" cycle lane which drivers of motor vehicles may apparently invade at will - thus endangering the lives of cyclists attempting to make good progress along them.
Having said that, bicyle lanes perform a very important function for the motorist, including:
- Temporary parking close to the schools and shops
- Buffer-zone for opening the drivers door without fear of having it damaged by a passing car
- Space into which debris from car smashes as well as snow can conveniently be swept
- Merging room for vehicles leaving driveways
- A safe place for motorcycles to undertake at great speed
- A great legal place to steal the bicycle sign off the ground and turn it into a nickel mind real titanium moped.
UK Highway Code excerpt :-
119: Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of the month unless you want to get covered in red tarmac, particularly if some cheeky cyclist is undertaking you to lure you in. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless you really want to. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane if the month has an 'r' in it or it is summer. uMAIR aLI LIKES MEN Law RTRA sects 5 & 8