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Advisory Lanes

Advisory Bike Lanes

The Town of Camden will be piloting a new type of cycling facility on low volume, low speed streets called advisory bike lanes. It's a new way for motorists and cyclists to share the road. While similar to regular bicycle lanes (which are marked on pavement by solid white lines), advisory bicycle lanes are used on narrow, low-volume streets and are marked with dashed lines. These markings give cyclists riding space, but are also available to motorists if needed to pass oncoming traffic. For more information on advisory bicycle lanes, please watch this video courtesy of the City of Ottawa, and see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Advisory Lanes

A new way for drivers and cyclists to share the road


How they work :

  • Advisory cycling lanes – a new way for drivers and cyclists to share the road.
  • Motorists share a wide lane with oncoming vehicles.
  • Each side of the road has an advisory cycling lane.
  • Drivers move into the right-hand cycling lane when passing oncoming vehicles.
  • Motorists must yield to cyclists already in that space.
  • Motorists travel behind cyclists until it is safe to move back into their lane.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Camden installing advisory bicycle lanes?

As a pilot (trial) exercise, the Town has installed an advisory bike lane on Norwood Ave between Peral Street and Route 1. While additional locations could be added as part of the pilot, this is the only location at this time.

Are advisory bicycle lanes going to be used as a traffic-calming measure?

No. We will not be considering the use of advisory bicycle lanes exclusively to help slow traffic.

To implement advisory lanes, do you simply add painted dashed lines on the side of the road or are there other features?

There are two important considerations. First, advisory lanes are only appropriate on low-volume, low-speed street segments. As such, should volumes and speeds be higher than appropriate, changes (such as traffic calming) would be required to get speeds and volumes down to levels that would allow for proper operation of advisory lanes. Second, to mark the presence of advisory lanes, both painted dashed lines and supporting signage are used.

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What happens if advisory bicycle lanes don't work as envisioned?

Staff will monitor operations to help complete a before and after evaluation. Where the design is not operating as it should, adjustments will be made to correct the issue. Should those adjustments fail to address the issues they were intended to correct, the advisory lane would be removed.

Should you have any questions or would like more information about this pilot project, please contact:
David St. Laurent, Camden Director of Public Works
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