A bike lane is only a bike lane if there are signs at the roadside. I think
that the lines are required to be solid too.
Nice looking deathtrap drain grate a little way back behind the rider. Only takes up 80% of the lane width.
Murray, I believe the first bit's correct, signs are required, not sure about the lines though, because the road rules don't seem to specify it:
Nov 2009 Road Safety Rules wrote:
R.153(4) A bicycle lane is a marked lane, or the part of a marked lane—
(a) beginning at a bicycle lane sign applying to the lane; and
(b) ending at the nearest of the following—
(i) an end bicycle lane sign applying to the lane;
(ii) an intersection (unless the lane is at the unbroken side of the continuing road at a T-intersection or continued across the intersection by broken lines);
(iii) if the road ends at a dead end—the end of the road.
But what does "marked lane" really mean? This bothers me, because as you know there are so-called "bicycle lanes" consisting only of intermittent dotted lines, i.e. a dotted line extending for a few metres, then a gap of 50m or more, then another short dotted line, etc. So are these considered to be part of the same "marked lane"? If so, they're a p!ss-poor excuse for one, because they're not obvious enough to motorists and therefore unsafe for cyclists.