Education & Safety:
Education can be a powerful tool for changing behavior and improving safety skills. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike can Benefit from educational tools and messages that teach them the rules, rights, and responsibilities of various modes of travel. This page provides resources and basic guidelines for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to help all users of the roads know their rights and responsibilities.
Cape Coral is creating over 90 miles of interconnected bike lanes. Cape Coral Bike-Ped routes, which will be completed by the end of 2014, will include well-marked bike lanes, paths, shared bike lanes and a few sidewalks, which can be utilized by cyclists . Below is information on signage, types of bikeways, rules of the road and safety tips as well as helpful links.
Signage on Cape Coral Routes:
Traffic Control Signage: The green and white Traffic Control signs will guide you on the various routes. They will be marked with initials for the specific routes, such as Cape Coral Community Foundation (CCCF), Physicians' Primary Care (PPC), Team Aubuchon (TeamA), Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral (CCCC) and the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA). The lower sign gives the cyclist directions to other routes or to places of interest along a route. And, finally there will be arrow signs that simply point the cyclist in the direction of the route.
Adopt a Route Signage: On a separate pole, the top blue & white Adopt A Route sponsor signs tell you the name of the route and the organization that raised funds to make each route possible: Physicians' Primary Care, The Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, Cape Coral Community Foundation, the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association and Team Aubuchon, as well as Lee County for the Veterans' Route and the City of Cape Coral of the Yacht Club Route. There are 7 routes presently being created, but hopefully there will be more to come with the generous support of the community. The bottom Sponsor sign tell you the name of the business or individual who made this stretch of route signage possible.
See Routes tab for more information on the 7 bicycle routes.
All of the signage shown above will be on ALL routes, whether a bike lane, pathway, “share” roadway or sidewalk. Following are definitions of the types of roadways or pathways you’ll encounter on these routes.
Types of Bikeways:
Bike Lanes are defined as "a portion of the roadway which has been designated by striping, signing and pavement marking for the preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists." Click on Designated bike lanes offer several benefits to all roadway users for more information. In general, all bike lanes are one-way (carrying bicyclists in the same direction as adjacent traffic), on the right side of the roadway, and located between the traffic lane and the parking lane (if there is one). “By (Florida) state law, bike lanes are actually designated for Non Vehicular use, walking, running, bikes, roller blades etc. So yes, they (pedestrians) do have the right to be there, and generally bikers are to yield to pedestrian traffic.” See Florida Bicycle Laws. For safety sake, pedestrians and bicyclists should wear bright clothing and have lighting on your person or bike at night or when visibility is poor. Do your part to reduce bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
Shared Bike Lane "These are bike lanes that are shared by both bicyclists and motor vehicles. They are typically installed on roadways which are too narrow to accommodate traditional or buffered bike lane. Shared bike lanes may take the form of an advisory bike lane marked with a dashed white line, or a shared lane marking, marked with a symbol of a bike and 'sharrows" ( derived from 'shared" and "arrows"). A motor vehicle must yield to a bicyclist in a shared bike lane, and may pass the bicyclist only when it is safe to do so." Designated bike lanes offer several benefits to all roadway users.
Check out these videos on Shared Bike Lane and Bike Lanes, produced by Minneapolis. They provide valuable information for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists on using shared lanes and bike lanes.
Pathways: Presently, the only pathway is on both sides of Veteran's Memorial Parkway. A cycle path is a special path on which people can travel by bicycle separately from motor vehicles.
Sidewalks: There are a few places along the route where all but the most experienced cyclist will need to ride on the sidewalk. Per Florida laws, Section 316.2065, F.S.): "When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian. A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in a crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing." See more at: http://floridabicycle.org/bicycle-traffic-law/#sthash.CLudWpQS. Be courteous to pedestrians.
Rules of the Road & Safety For Cyclists & Motorists:
3 Feet Rule: Along Cape Coral Routes, you will see this sign. By law, the “driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle.” . 316.083 – Overtaking and Passing a Vehicle.
RULES OF THE ROAD & SAFETY FOR CYCLISTS & MOTORISTS:
RULES OF THE ROAD: The following rules inspired by the League of American Bicyclists will prepare you for a safe and fun experience no matter if you are walking, running, or biking:
1. Follow the Law: Your safety and the image of bicyclists and pedestrians depend on you. Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. On a bike, ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going. When walking or running, go against traffic and make eye contact with passing drivers.
2. Be Predictable: Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. On a bike, ride in a straight line and don't swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes. When on foot, make use of crosswalks and look both ways for oncoming traffic before stepping into the road.
3. Be Conspicuous: Stay where drivers can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors at night or when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with drivers. Use bike lanes and paths where provided or ride in the rightmost lane of the road (except when turning). Ride on the sidewalk only in high speed or heavily traveled areas where no bike lane or road shoulder exists, and watch for pedestrians and driveways.
4. Think Ahead: Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride your bike outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
5. Ride Ready: Check your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
6. Keep Your Cool: Road rage benefits no one and always makes a bad situation worse.