Ride On, Royal Oak!

Ride On Royal Oak
Whether you’re a savvy cyclist or relatively new to biking, here is information you can use for getting around on two wheels in Royal Oak.

What's the difference between a bike lane and a shared lane?



Bike Lane


A bike lane is the portion of a roadway that has been designated by pavement markings (bicycle with arrow) for the exclusive use of  bicyclists.

 Motorists should never drive in a bike lane.

Bike Lane

Bike Lane
A variant of a conventional bicycle lane is a buffered bicycle lane. This type of bicycle lane is accompanied by a designated buffer space, separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane. 

Shared Lane

Sharrows or shared lane markings (bicycle with chevron) can be found in locations where there is insufficient width to provide a designated bike lane. The markings alert drivers to share the road.

Motorists and bicyclists may both ride in this joint lane.

Shared Lane

Shared Lane

Download the Royal Oak Safe Cycling Guide

Ride On Guide


Although the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code does not require bicyclists to wear helmets, it strongly recommends wearing one because it can prevent a vast majority of brain injuries.


Bike Safety


The State of Michigan offers tips for how pedestrians, cyclists and automobile drivers can co-exist and a variety of other safety resources.

Download: What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bicycle Lanes (PDF).

Where Can I Find a Copy of the Royal Oak Bike Plan?


You can download a copy of the bike plan (PDF) The map includes where bike routes and signage are located.

Can You Ride Your Bike on the Sidewalk Downtown?


Per city code 650-3, the operation of a bicycle, electric-assisted bicycle, or motorized scooter is prohibited on all sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks in the downtown area.

Signs indicating you must walk your bike on downtown sidewalks were put in place in July 2015.

Bike Parking in Downtown Royal Oak


Cyclists can find circle-frame bike racks on parking meters poles throughout the downtown area. Each frame, which includes a handsome bicycle cutout, can safely secure two bikes.

The meter bicycle racks are located near the following establishments:
  • Astoria Pastry
  • Bean & Leaf
  • BlackFinn
  • The former Franklin Café
  • Funky7 / Jimmy Johns
  • Gamestop / BD’s
  • Hamlin Corner
  • Leo’s Coney Island
  • Mr B’s
  • Sweet Earth / LaFeast
In addition, two on-street bike corrals, which can accommodate 10 bikes each, are located near Third and Main Streets and Fourth and Washington Avenue.
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