This diagram shows how to navigate a bike lane and a sharrow.
Because of Tinley Park's growing emphasis on the shared use of streets –
supported by the Village's Complete Streets Policy
, Active Transportation Plan
and Legacy Plan –
residents and visitors must learn how to stay safe when driving or bicycling on a complete street.
A bicycle lane
is a portion of the roadway that has been designated for the preferential use of bicyclists. Bike lanes are marked with a six-inch stripe, periodic bike symbols and arrows, and roadside signage. In a designated bike lane, cyclists should usually ride in the middle.
Always be aware of motorists passing on your left.
are lanes shared by bicyclists and parked cars. We expect cyclists to ride approximately through the center of the sharrow
, paying attention to potential door openings on their right and motorists on their left. Use the sharrow symbol to guide you:
- When parked cars are present, ride centered over the sharrow symbol.
- When there are long stretches of roadway with no parked cars, ride as far to the right hand side of the roadway as practicable, allowing vehicles to safely pass.
Bicyclists should keep a straight line and not move in and out of parked cars and other obstacles. When sharing the lane with parked cars, keep a safe distance from the "door zone," as well as passing motorists.
Be aware that when a bike lane stripe turns into a dotted line, it means motorists can cross the lane to make turns. Bike riders should hold their position in the lane and be ready to slow down for motorists who won't yield.
Whether traveling next to a bike lane or a sharrow, motorists are expected to slow down and wait until the bicyclist can be passed safely. Gunning it past a cyclist to save 30 seconds on your travel time isn't worth the risk of injuring someone.
When you see a sharrow symbol, you are expected to share the road with cyclists and vice-versa. Be aware that cyclists have a reduced amount of space to safely ride between your moving car and parked cars, so slow down, give them room (at least three feet from your car) and pass only when safe to do so.
Read our FAQs
for more safety tips and information on Tinley Park's first complete street. You also can visit the League of Illinois Bicyclists
' website for education on how motorists and bicyclists can safely share the road.