In an effort to make Santa Fe streets more bicycle-friendly, the city will erect more directly worded signage informing both motorists and cyclists of cyclists’ rights in the roadway.
In place of existing signs advising drivers to “share the road” with cyclists, new signs informing drivers of the state law that bicycles “may use full lane” will be introduced over the course of the next year.
City councilors and Mayor Alan Webber unanimously approved the change Wednesday without discussion.
Members of the Bicycle and Trails Advisory Committee recommended the change, arguing the city should use blunt and legally enforceable language where possible, rather than simple suggestions or advisory messaging.
As part of the signage resolution approved Wednesday, the city also will erect an unspecified number of new signs informing drivers that they must allow cyclists at least 5 feet of space when passing on the road, per city ordinance.