Separated Bike Lanes

Designed for safer bicycle travel, separated bike lanes are segregated from motor vehicle traffic either by a painted buffer or a vertical element such as flexible delineators or parked cars. Separated bike lanes are often used as a road diet, narrowing travel lanes, and slowing vehicle speeds. Separated bike lanes are recommended on streets with higher traffic volume and speed, where the separation between motorists and bicyclists is necessary. The space taken up by a separated bike lane also allows for shorter pedestrian crossing distances.

Not only do separated bike lanes reduce the risk to cyclists of crashes and colliding with opening car doors, they also play a role in organizing all modes of travel; whereas pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers all know where they should be. Remember, even in a protected bike lane, as a cyclist you need to use care when approaching an intersection.

The risk of cars and bikes coming into conflict with one another is reduced as boundaries are clearly defined on the road. By design, this bicycle facility is more accessible, allowing less confident riders to feel more comfortable, resulting in increased ridership demographics that cross age, gender and ability. These improvements not only reduce traffic congestion and increase safety, but also encourage independent lifestyles and improved personal health.