Bike lanes are generally five feet wide and provide protection for bicycle riders by providing an area of the roadway for human powered bicycles that is free from motorized vehicle traffic. These lanes are placed only on streets that have adequate width to accommodate bicycles, parking (where provided) and motor vehicles. In areas where the pavement width allows room for cyclists but falls short of the four feet bike lane width, the City places "sharrow" symbols - bike symbols with chevrons within the traveled lane - to indicated that cyclists and motorists share the lane.
Bikeways provide another transportation option for people traveling to parks, schools, work, bicycle paths as well as other destinations. A dashed pattern in a bicycle lane line allows motor vehicles to cross the bike lane and enter another lane, which in most cases is a right turn lane. In this situation, bicyclists may turn right or proceed straight through the intersection. Motorists should yield right of way to bicyclists when entering the right turn, and are reminded of this with a signs indicating "Begin Right Turn Lane Yield to Bikes." To increase safety for bicycle riders' motor vehicle travel in the bicycle lanes is prohibited.
Most signalized intersections in the City of Arvada can detect bicyclists. Intersections along major bicycle corridors have "bicycle detection" symbols and signs indicating the best position for a cyclist to place the bike for detection. The City considers installing bicycle lanes and sharrows based on road width, connections to existing bike trails and facilities, and traffic volume. To ensure for safe motor vehicle travel, lane widths must be at least 10 feet after the installation of on street bicycle lanes. If this is not possible then dedicated on street bike lanes are not provided.
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