Here’s a question from a reader:

Could you please explain the rules regarding the “Bike Lane” and turning right? I will see cars driving in the bike lane for half a block to turn right. Hoen Avenue at Yulupa is a good example. I have almost been hit turning right when I get to the dotted white line in the bike path because another car is using the bike lane as a right-turn lane? Is the “One Finger Salute” justified or am I in the wrong here? Mark

The answer comes from Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Lance Badger:

21209(a) of the vehicle code deals with bike lanes.  Vehicles are not allowed to drive in a bike lane, except for the following:

1- To park where parking is permitted.

2- To enter or leave a roadway.

3- To prepare for a turn within a distance of 200 feet from an intersection.


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