Check out this video by Elizabeth Press of www.Streetfilms.org which explains the theory and some of the details the broad lines of New York City’s on-going program for protecting cyclists from traffic. You may wish to use it as a first checklist for your city’s efforts. This process of vivacious cross-learning from others is a hallmark of the on-going worldwide city bike revolution.
“Bike lanes: In some cities people are literally dying to have them and some people go so far as to mark their own. Here in New York City, it feels like every time I get on my bike there is a new bike lane – sometimes on the left, sometimes buffered, and sometimes completely separated from automobile traffic.
To understand these lanes, I had the opportunity to go for a ride with the NYC DOT bicycle boys. They explained the classes of bike lanes and showed off some of these inventive facilities.
You can use Ride the City to find a safe bike route in New York City and watch this video to see what lanes are used on your route.