If there is no bike lane, where are bicyclists supposed to ride?
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators and must follow the same rules and regulations. In most cases, bicyclists simply ride near the right-hand side of the road, traveling in the same direction as other traffic. In other cases, such as when preparing turn left, bicyclists should move to the left-hand side of the travel lane. In narrow travel lanes where it is not safe for motorists to pass bicycles, bicyclists are legally allowed to "take the lane" by riding in the middle of the lane.

In the City of Ithaca, bicyclists may not ride on sidewalks or other areas intended for pedestrian-only use. Exceptions: In the City of Ithaca, children age 10 and under, and anyone who, because of a disability, uses a bicycle as a means of mobility may ride on sidewalks.

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1. What is a bike lane?
2. Are there special rules for riding in bike lanes?
3. If a bike lane is present, must bicyclists ride in the bike lane?
4. May motor vehicles enter bike lanes?
5. What is the purpose of bike lanes?
6. Where and when is it appropriate to install a bike lane?
7. Are bicyclists safer when in bike lanes?
8. If there is no bike lane, where are bicyclists supposed to ride?
9. Must bicyclists move to the side of the road if an emergency vehicle (in emergency mode) is approaching?
10. What can bicyclists do to improve their safety and comfort when riding in traffic?
11. How can I learn more about bike lanes, bicycle safety or other transportation-related issues?