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Pg 89-101: Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide

Design recommendations based on third step: Midblock considerations (divided by characteristics found in step 1). This includes Driveways, Transit Stop, Island platforms, Accessible parking, and Loading zones.

Last Updated (Year): 2015

Year Produced: 2015


This Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide outlines planning considerations for separated bike lanes (also sometimes called “cycle tracks” or “protected bike lanes”) and provides a menu of design options covering typical one and two-way scenarios. It highlights different options for providing separation, while also documenting midblock design considerations for driveways, transit stops, accessible parking, and loading zones. It provides detailed intersection design information covering topics such as turning movement operations, signalization, signage, and on-road markings. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned throughout the document. The Guide consolidates lessons learned from practitioners designing and implementing separated bike lanes throughout the U.S. It attempts to capture the current state of practice, while still recognizing that the understanding of this facility type is still evolving and that there is a need for design flexibility. To encourage continued development and refinement of techniques, the guide identifies specific data elements to collect before and after implementation to enable future analysis across facilities in different communities. It identifies potential future research, highlights the importance of ongoing peer exchange and capacity building, and emphasizes the need to create holistic ways to evaluate the performance of a separated bike lane.


The E's:Engineering

Ped Bike Activity:

  • Planning
  • Design

Ped Bike Topic:

  • Transit
  • Planning Processes
  • Physical Dimensions
  • Intersections
  • Facility Design
  • Design
  • Built environment
  • Bicycle Planning
  • Analysis
  • Accessibility

Facility Type:Transit Stop, Separated Bike Lane, Midblock Crossing, Driveway Crossing, Bike Lanes

Resource Type:

  • Information

Link to Content Source:

Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide