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Buffered Bike Lanes

What is a Buffered Bike Lane?

Buffered bike lanes are conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.

Buffered bike lanes provide a number of benefits over conventional bike lanes as they:

  • Provide greater distance between motor vehicles and bicyclists.
  • Provide space for bicyclists to pass another bicyclist without encroaching into the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane.
  • Encourage bicyclists to ride outside of the door zone when buffer is between parked cars and bike lane.
  • Provide a greater space for cycling without making the bike lane appear so wide that it might be mistaken for a travel lane or a parking lane.
  • Appeal to a wider cross-section of bicycle users.
  • Encourage cycling by contributing to the safety of users of the bicycle network.

What do Buffered Bike Lanes Look Like?

Buffered bike lanes look similar to conventional bike lanes and use the same pavement markings, symbols and regulatory signs.

Buffered bike lane on Quebec Street





















Buffered Bike Lanes in London

A number of buffered bike lanes have been built in London, a few locations where they can be found are:

  • Adelaide Street South from Bradley Avenue to Osgoode Drive
  • Fanshawe Park Road East from Adelaide Street North to McLean Drive

Buffered Bike Lane FAQs

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  • How to use a Buffered Bike Lane?

    Buffered bike lanes are to be used in the same manner as a conventional bike lane. The same rules of the road apply.

  • Tips for Cyclists Using Buffered Bike Lanes?

    Be aware of drivers turning right.  Not all drivers will check before making a right turn.

  • Tips for Drivers Approaching a Buffered Bike Lane?

    Ensure cyclists are not approaching from the right and that your vehicle can safely make a right turn.

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