Question:

Should bike lanes be used as turning lanes at intersections as residents currently use them as turning lanes?

Answer:

"It is not necessarily illegal for cars to enter marked bike lanes. Cyclists, whether a marked lane exists or not, are required by ordinance to ride as far to the right as practical. If car drivers can move to the right into marked bike lanes the movement must be made safely. If a crash occurred, the driver could be cited for an unsafe passing movement. If you observe an action like this, you can call Dispatch at 307-721-2526 and officers will investigate the incident.

Laramie Municipal Code:

10.32.160- Motor Vehicles---Restricted from paths or lanes---Right-of-way determination 

Operators of motor vehicles shall not drive within bicycle paths or lanes except as necessary to enter a parking space or execute a right hand turn across such bicycle paths or lanes, or to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle. When executing a turning movement to the right, the operator of the motor vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any bicyclist riding within the bicycle path or lane and who is so close to the motor vehicle as to constitute an immediate hazard, but the signal when and as required by law, may make such turning movement to the right, and the bicyclist approaching the motor vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the motor vehicle making the turning movement to the right.

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