How Do Edina's New Green Bike Lanes Work?
Confused by the green paint on Valley View Road and at the Metro Boulevard/70th Street interchange? Learn how they're designed to function.
By now, most Edina drivers—and bicyclists—have probably noticed the bright green lanes dotting Valley View Road between Wooddale and Oaklawn avenues and at the intersection of Metro Boulevard and 70th Street.
What might not be so clear, however, is how everyone is supposed to best utilize those emerald swaths of roadway. Lucky for us, Edina Channel 16 put together a helpful video
And for those of you either not able to or too busy to watch said video, here's a quick summary:
- The lanes are painted on streets that are simply too narrow for dedicated bike lanes, but traffic volumes are high.
- NO part of the roadway is exclusive to either morotists or bicyclists
- Motorists are free to drive on the green part of the roadway.
- Bicyclists are not required to ride within the confines of the green shared lanes.
- Cars are free to pass bicyclists in the green lane (provided they give three feet of space when doing so), so long as there is no oncoming traffic.
- If there is traffic, motorists should wait for a break in traffic to attempt passing bicyclists in the green shared lanes.