A bike lane is a striped and signed lane that provides a dedicated space on the road for people on bikes. They should be used the same as any other travel lane, so follow the same rules of the road.
Things to look out for:
• Parked cars. Be sure you ride far enough over to stay clear of an opening car door
• Vehicles that are turning right without a signal
Even if your community has a law that says you have to ride in a bike lane, there are exceptions:
• Making a left turn
• Passing another bicyclist
• Going around hazards
As with any other lane changes, be sure to first scan, signal and yield.