Phoenix, AZ

City of Phoenix’s dedicated two-way bicycle lanes now open

Scott Murdoch

PHOENIX, AZ — The city has established its first-ever two-way protected bicycle lanes on 3rd Avenue between Roosevelt Street and McDowell Road.

The dedicated facility is part of a capital improvement project to increase safety, improve corridor circulation and expand bicycle facilitates in downtown Phoenix.

The two-way lanes allow north-south movement, separated physically from the street that carries vehicle traffic northbound only. However, some segments of the project are still under construction, so you may want to pay attention to signs in the work zones.

To navigate safely, consider following these tips:

  • For vehicle drivers:

This segment of 3rd Avenue is only one-way for vehicle traffic, while bicycles will be going north and south in their lanes.

Be alert for bicycles riding in both directions, especially near and at intersections.

Do not drive through or crossing the lane separators, which look like small bumps or posts.

On-street parking is available only on the west side of the street.

  • For bicycle riders:

Look out for pedestrians and vehicles when riding along the lanes.

Not every pedestrian, bicycle rider, or person driving a vehicle will know how to use two-way protected bicycle lanes properly. Help to educate others if you encounter a teachable moment.

All riders and street users must obey traffic signals to keep their safety while crossing the intersection at 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street/bicycle lanes.

  • For pedestrians:

Pedestrians should avoid walking in the bicycle lanes.

Look out for bicycles when walking along 3rd Avenue. Bicycles may come from the north and south.

The Street Transportation Department plans to continue the lanes north of McDowell Road on 3rd Avenue when funding is available to construct the 3rd and 5th Avenues North​ project.

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