There is growing frustration on Calgary streets as cyclists and drivers jockey for position around the city's new bike lanes.

The wide curb bike lanes were created in an effort to make streets more bicycle-friendly but many motorists find them confusing and are getting into conflicts with cyclists.

The city implemented the lanes to accommodate a bike and a vehicle at the same time and the lanes are identified by a 1.0 m wide bicycle stencil on the roadway.

The lanes are different than cycle tracks in that there is no barrier between traffic and the cyclists.

The city says the absence of a barrier allows cyclists to move freely into other lanes to get where they are going.

Cyclists and drivers are still getting used to the lanes but many are finding them a bit confusing.

“Well you get cut off and you get cars swerving in front of you and you almost kill yourself,” said Morris Diminutto

Diminutto says the cycle tracks are much safer but the rules of the road go both ways.

“The bikes have to be respectful too right? And a lot of bikes just ignore rules as well so it goes both ways,” said Diminutto.

Katherine Glowaz is with the city and explains how the lanes work.

“A bicycle lane within the City of Calgary is now essentially an exclusive travel lane for bicycles but at the same time, a vehicle, in order to make a right-hand turn, does have to do so by law from the right outer most travel lane, which technically then becomes the bicycle lane, so at some point they do have to cross into that bicycle lane.” said Glowacz. “So what the city standard is, is to put sort of a dashed line marking before an intersection and the length of that dashed line is dependant on the width on the lane.”

Glowacz says motorists need to shoulder check, signal and yield to cyclists in the bike lanes and only cross into the lane when the dashed line is there and not when the lanes are separated by a solid line.

At the same time, she says cyclists need to be aware that motorists may be using the lane in the dashed line zone to turn right.

The bottom line though, is that the cyclist has the right of way in bike lanes and motorists merging into the lanes for turns must yield to the cyclists.