Creating a Network of Bikeways

Mike Lydon discusses the importance of creating "bikeway networks" -- systems of bike lanes and infrastructures that have varied forms for varied situations.

"While the bicycle shed is an important conceptual planning tool, it is meaningless without the physical development of bicycle infrastructure. Therefore, each bicycle shed should not be conceived in isolation, but as part of a regional bikeway network. This network should be designed to connect people to important destinations-schools, neighborhood centers, regional centers, open space, and of course, local and regional transit systems.

In general, the bicycle network should be comprised of many bikeways types. These include, but are not limited to shared-use paths, shared lanes (sharrows), bicycle boulevards, bicycle lanes, and physically separated bicycle lanes-sometimes called cycle tracks."

Writing for Reconnecting America's Half-Mile Circles blog, Lydon says that before bikeways are planned, the specific characteristics of the thoroughfare in question should be considered.

Full Story: The Bikeway Network

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Networks and colored bike lanes

It seems that networks are the key in many areas of planning these days, whether speaking of trails and greenways, or bike networks. To restate, I really like the colored bike lane approach- they seem far more visible when painted a stand out color.

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