Urban bikeways facilitate safe efficient travel, promote physical activity, while reducing energy use, CO2 emissions, and noise pollution.

Well-designed bikeways establish unbroken routes linking residential areas, neighborhoods, district and employment centers, and public transit.

Bikeway modes:

  • Bike Lanes – 1.8 meter (6 feet) lane adjacent to curb; 5.5 meter (18 feet) lane incorporating a bike lane, on-street parking and open-door zone; 4.3 meter (14 feet) shared-use bike/auto lane; 4.9 meters (16 feet) shared-use bike/bus lane.
  • Cycle Tracks – separated 1.8 meter (6 feet) wide track with a 1 meter (3 feet) wide parking or roadway buffer.
  • Cycling Boulevards – long and continuous designated bicycle route on streets with light traffic and slow speeds.
  • Off-Road Routes – bicycle route along greenways, rail corridors, and waterfronts that prohibit vehicle traffic.