Proposed Bicycle Network

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Welcome to the proposed bicycle network section of Bike Howard. The facility recommendations presented will guide the development of the network. The map outlines how to effectively grow this network of biking facilities by filling in missing connections and branching out to new areas.

To ensure the network is easy to use for people of all ages and abilities, the focus is on high quality, separated facilities such as off street path-ways and protected bike lanes. These facilities need to be continuous rather than disjointed, and need to connect places that people want to go to.

The proposed Bike Howard network was developed with extensive community input, consultant expertise and staff guidance from many departments. It is organized into short-term, mid-term and long-term portions, growing the network to connect people and places in the county.

These maps are organized by the three networks, starting from the short term and building out to the long term network. The map provides additional detail for each facility when you click on the segment.

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.


Colored Bike Lane– Type of bike lane that uses color to be more visible to motorists.


Paved 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.

SharrowShared 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.

NeiNeighborhood-Greenwayghborhood Greenway – Low traffic street with bicycle friendly traffic calming to create a low stress bikeway on the roadway.

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

OneWayCycletrackProtected 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.

SidewalkSidewalk 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.

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