Provision of separate lanes where there are large numbers of motorcycles can reduce the potential for conflicts with larger vehicles. Motorcycle lanes can be ‘inclusive’ or ‘exclusive’.
Inclusive motorcycle lanes
Inclusive motorcycle lanes are installed on the existing road and are usually located on the outside of the main carriageway for each direction of traffic flow. Motorcycle lanes may be separated from the rest of the road by painted lines or physical barriers. At intersections inclusive motorcycle lanes rejoin the main carriageway and crashes can occur.
Exclusive motorcycle lanes
Exclusive motorcycle lanes require a carriageway completely separate from that used by other vehicles. Exclusive motorcycle lanes minimise crashes between motorcycles and other road users and at intersections.
- Separates motorcyclists from interaction and potential conflict with larger, heavier vehicles.
- Reduced vehicle to motorcycle crashes.
- Can improve traffic flow if well designed.