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    One Way Street Question

    I have come across a situation I'm not sure of on my way to work. There's a one way street that, if I go down the wrong way, will allow me to skip two relatively intersections. I have attached a wonderful map that Google and I made together. Here's an explanation of the lovely map:

    Red arrow = Work
    Yellow arrows = Relatively busy intersections
    Red route = Route involving the one-way street
    Blue route = Route involving the two intersections

    Newbury St is the one way, it's .2 miles that I would be traveling in the wrong direction. I have a very good line of sight on the whole street, I feel a lot safer on it than I would going through the other two intersections.

    Anyway, would you take this street? Is it legal for a bike to travel the wrong way on a one way street?

    Thanks!
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    I just saw a new route when I was looking at this, and I'm a little embarrassed I didn't see it before. If I go straight past where I usually turn onto Newbury St then bear right at the fork and take a sharp right onto Newbury, I can avoid all of the above issues. Let's pretend I never posted this, okay? Thanks.

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    Yep, it's illegal to go the wrong way and it is not recommended. I'm glad you got it figured out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    I have come across a situation I'm not sure of on my way to work. There's a one way street that, if I go down the wrong way, will allow me to skip two relatively intersections. I have attached a wonderful map that Google and I made together. Here's an explanation of the lovely map:

    Red arrow = Work
    Yellow arrows = Relatively busy intersections
    Red route = Route involving the one-way street
    Blue route = Route involving the two intersections

    Newbury St is the one way, it's .2 miles that I would be traveling in the wrong direction. I have a very good line of sight on the whole street, I feel a lot safer on it than I would going through the other two intersections.

    Anyway, would you take this street? Is it legal for a bike to travel the wrong way on a one way street?

    Thanks!
    Glad you found a better route...

    I have ridden the wrong way on several short sections like you describe....the good news is the city installed wrong way bike lanes so that now I am legal riding that way....yeah..

    I never let a bureaucratic mess interfer with my safety....

    On the other hand you had better have a bail out if you need it.

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    Though going against a one way is generally not advisable, sometimes situations come up where it's not so clear cut. What if the one-way section is two car lengths long, extra wide, with no traffic, and designed simply to keep cars out of a given neighborhood?

    On the other hand:

    I rode in Fort Lauderdale this past winter, and was going with the traffic in the bicycle lane, a normal situation. I encountered, many times, people pedaling in the opposite direction to me *within the same bicycle lane*. Those pedaling in my direction could generally be seen on the sidewalk. The bike lane was not designed to go against traffic, there were no yellow lines etc. I found this strange. It was during spring break, and things were cavelier.
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    You should absolutely take the route that brings you to ice cream.

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