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Is this a one or two lane road?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) November 4th, 2010

There is this divided road that has always been a problem for the police. Numerous auto accidents have occured on this street. Here is the problem: The road is really narrow. Barely enough room for one vehicle to safely drive on it. Many drivers have attempted to make this a two-lane road, by passing another vehicle and causing an accident. This road is divided by a grassy medium. Finally, some engineer decided that a sign would be posted, stating this to be a one lane road. That ended the traffic accidents. Here now is the kicker. They have installed a Bike Lane on the right side of this narrow road. Question: The posted signs states “Single Lane Traffic”. How can this be, when there is now a Bike Lane? Would this not make a single lane of traffic into two lanes, since bicyle riders are to obey all traffic laws? This is really confusing now, more than ever. What you think?

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MrItty's avatar

seems pretty simple to me. One lane for bicycles, one lane for motorized vehicles. Maybe I’m confused as to what the question is.

john65pennington's avatar

Mrltty, they posted signs stating this was a one lane road. then, they posted a sign next to it stating this is a bike lane. this would make the road have two lanes, instead of one. remember the sign “single lane traffic”? how can it be a single lane road, if its now to be shared with bicycles? i am just wondering how a traffic accident report could be made with such conflicting signs and who would be at-fault.

WestRiverrat's avatar

You would have to find out how your state defines a bike lane vs a driving lane.

augustlan's avatar

It’s a one-lane road with a bike lane next to it. Changing it to “bike path” would solve the problem nicely.

MrItty's avatar

@john65pennington the “single lane road” clearly means “single lane for motorized vehicular traffic”. It’s an obvious implication. Road signs don’t need to explicitly state every single word in the rule in order to be understood. The octagonal signs don’t need to read “STOP then check for opposing traffic then GO” for you to know what to do at a STOP sign.

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