Safety Information is distributed at events and through various bike shops and local businesses. This handout provides safety information to motorists and cyclists. The City also periodically places traffic variable message boards throughout Orlando near high-crash frequency areas to deliver ‘share the road’ messages to the public. Orlando has planned out the bicycle network and has several working maps for existing and planned bicycle lanes, signed routes and multi-use trails. For info on bike trail safety check out our brochure.
Green Bike Lanes
The City of Orlando has installed a green bike lane on Rosalind/Magnolia Avenue from Colonial Drive to South Street. A green bike lane is a segment of a standard bike lane that has been colored with retro-reflective paint to increase the visibility of the bike lane.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials supports the use of colored pavement within a bicycle lane, recognizing the following benefits of implementation:
- Increases visibility of bicyclists
- Promotes the multi-modal nature of a corridor
- Discourages illegal parking in the bike lane
- Raises motorist and bicyclist awareness to potential areas of conflict
- Increases bicyclist comfort through clearly delineated space
- Increases motorist yielding behavior
- Helps reduce bicycle conflicts with turning motorists
Green Bike Lane FAQ
What other cities utilize green bike lanes?
Some of the other cities that are implementing these bike treatments are Miami Beach, Tampa, Austin, Cedar Rapids, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Chicago, and New York.
Will green bike lanes become a standard treatment in the City of Orlando?
The City of Orlando is currently evaluating further implementation of green bike lanes on high-use corridors.
Why was Rosalind/Magnolia Avenue chosen for the green bike lane pilot project?
Rosalind/Magnolia Avenue was chosen for the green bicycle lane pilot project due to high bicycle use, the number of nearby bike share stations (4), and the proximity to high density housing and employment.
Are cars allowed in the green bike lane?
Drivers may use the green bike lane only for the following maneuvers:
- Making a right-hand turn
- Pulling into designated driveways
- Maneuvering into designated on-street parallel parking
Buses may also move temporarily into the green bike lane when dropping off and picking up passengers at designated stops.
How do I make a right turn in a car when there is a green bike lane?
Once the green bike lane becomes dashed, using your turn signal, identify your intent of the turn. When safe to do so, move over towards the curb on top of the dashed green bike lane. This will alert bicyclists to your intent and keep them from passing on the right. Bicyclists should queue in line with vehicles. If a bicyclist is stopped and intends to go straight at the intersection, the vehicle should wait a safe distance behind the bicyclist.
Do the green bike lanes become slippery when it rains?
No, the green paint product is an asphalt emulsion product that contains skid-resistant material.
Why didn’t the City of Orlando implement the green lanes sooner?
The City of Orlando received interim approval for green bicycle pavement markings by the Federal Highway Administration in 2015. After approval, the City installed two corridors with green pavement symbols on Livingston Street and Metrowest Boulevard. Following installation of the symbols, the City decided to pursue a pilot project for the full painting of a bicycle lane on a high-use corridor.