Bicycle Facility Types

Facility Recommendation Types

To make it easier to understand the Plan’s recommendations, we have included a short explanation and photo of each of the recommended facilities below:

Facilities and Improvements:

BikelaneBike Lane Pavement marking designating a portion of roadway for preferred or exclusive use by bicyclists. This category also includes climbing lanes, which are proposed where existing road width will support addition of only one bike lane; bike lane provided in uphill direction and shared lane marking on the downhill.
ColoredBikelaneColored Bike Lane — Type of bike lane that uses color to be more visible to motorists.
PavedStripedShoulderPaved and Striped Shoulder — Most often used on rural roadways or roadways without curb and gutter. Used where multi-purpose shoulder space is needed rather than an exclusive bikeway. Typically, not less than 4 ft. wide.
Shared Lane Marking (Sharrow) — Used where bike lanes are not likely to be feasible. Indicates cyclists’ safest path of travel and reminds motorists of requirements to share the road.
Shared Roadway with Safety TreatmentsShared Road with Safety Treatments — Used on two-lane rural roads where there are no continuous shoulders. Uses safety signs, shared lane markings, and other treatments such as short shoulder sections to allow cars to pass bikes on hills.

Neighborhood Greenway — Low-traffic street with bicycle-friendly traffic calming to create a low stress bikeway on the roadway.

Shared-Use Path — Off-street bicycle and pedestrian facility, physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and shared by walkers, runners, cyclists, etc.

Protected Bike Lane — One-way bicycle facility physically separated from moving traffic and pedestrians.

Protected Bike Lane — Two-way bicycle facility (in the median of the roadway, or on one side) physically separated from moving traffic and pedestrians.

Sidewalk with Bikes Allowed — Used where pedestrian and bike volumes are expected to remain low, to supplement on-road accommodations or avoid costly bikeway improvements where bike volumes are expected to remain low.

Spot Improvements

Bike Link—recommended improved access to a trail, access through a public or private parking lot, or other special link to improve bicycling connectivity.

New Bridge—recommended new bridge over a major road or stream.

New Tunnel—recommended new tunnel or underpass under a major road.

Crossing Improvement—recommended safety improvement for bicyclists at road/road or road/trail intersections; i.e. curb ramps, crosswalks, pocket bike lanes, warning signs, signal modifications, etc.