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Shared Right Turn-Only Lane Update
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The purpose of this blog is to address advocacy issues as they pertain to bicyclists who ride for transportation today; to be a voice for those who use our pathways, streets, roads, and highways to commute, run errands, and/or simply transport ...
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Delaware BIKES
The purpose of this blog is to address advocacy issues as they pertain to bicyclists who ride for transportation today; to be a voice for those who use our pathways, streets, roads, and highways to commute, run errands, and/or simply transport themselves from point A to point B.
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DelDOT is behind schedule on this long overdue project

According to Mark Luszcz, DelDOT's Chief Traffic Engineer, the shared right turn-only lane experimental markings were installed last November. They are now waiting for warmer temps and more bicyclists before deploying cameras in May and June 2014 to collect "after" data.

For a complete description of this project, and what it means for bicycle safety, check out "Bike lanes at intersections with right turn-only lanes" from Nov. 2010.

It will be up to Earl Rusty Lee, an outspoken critic of bicyclists, to give a timeline on how long it will take to crunch the data and develop meaningful suggestions for either 1) solid recommendations, or 2) additional test sites to gather more data.

Unfortunately, it is not likely we will see this safety improvement included with 2014 pave & rehab (road resurfacing) projects.

For a complete history of this project, going back to 2010, visit our Shared RTOL Archive.

Several examples of shared right turn-only lanes already exist in Delaware. This example on Airport Road in New Castle would be complete by simply adding a bike lane symbol or sharrow at the onset of the dashed edge line.


Old Baltimore Pike has had shared right turn-only lanes for over 10 years, yet crash rates are commensurate with other roads of equal or greater VMT (vehicle throughput).

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