BICYCLE FACILITY DESIGN REVIEW/WIDE CURB LANE
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Bicycles share travel lanes with motorists without any special facilities throughout the road network. However, a wide curb (or outside) lane allows motorists and bicyclists to comfortably share the lane side-by-side and lets a motorist safely pass a bicyclist without encroaching on the adjacent lane. A wide outside lane can improve traffic flow while also providing significant improvements for bicyclists.
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Guide for Reviewing Public Road Design and Bicycling Accommodations for Virginia Bicycling Advocates