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Separated Bikeways: Improving Safety and Operation through Design

There are numerous design guides that have been produced in the past decade for the design of bicycle infrastructure. These facilities, also referred to as separated bike lanes and cycle tracks, have been shown to improve safety, user comfort, operations, equity, and mode share. With the additional guidance and approvals from authorizing agencies, growth in protected bike lane miles/kilometers has been significant. However, questions about the specific design and operational details that many of the guides do not address requires additional design guidance and research before these designs are widely adopted. The ITE Protected Bike Lane Practitioners Guide & Lecture Series will address these gaps related to five priority areas: safety performance, mid-block design and operation, intersection design and operation, maintenance, implementation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe questions and uncertainties that practitioners have about the existing design and operational guidance for protected bike lanes.
  • Share relevant research and guidance on design and operational practices of protected bike lanes as it relates to the work that ITE professionals regularly undertake.Identify examples of successful and relevant implementation of protected bike lanes to help describe principles of design and operational considerations.
  • Provide a basis for the design and operational aspects of protected bike lanes and highlight relevant resources available to practitioners.
Tyler Golly, Associate, Stantec, Edmonton, AB

  • Jason DeGray, New England Regional Engineering Director, Toole Design Group, Boston, MA
  • Rock Miller, Senior Principal, Stantec, Irvine, CA
  • Dongho Chang, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, WA
  • Molly Veldkamp, Senior Associate, Fox Tuttle Hernandez Transportation Group, Boulder, CO