Advisory Bike Lanes in North America

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10-23-2017

Advisory Bike Lanes in North America

Michael Williams

Portland State University

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TREC Friday Seminar Series

Advisory Bike Lanes

in North America

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• EDUCATION

B.S. Computer Science M.S. Electrical Engineering M.S. Civil Engineering

• EXPERIENCE

R&D – Biomedical Engineering

Public Works General Contracting, California

Volunteer Activist/Engineer for Active Transportation

• INTERESTS

Road Diets Roundabouts Advisory Bike Lanes

• Michael Williams

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Bike Lane Pavement Markings

7 used normal bike lane markings,

2 used shared lane markings (sharrows), and

2 used none.

Posted Speed Limit

4 – 30 MPH

7 – 25 MPH

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Courtesy bikewalkmove.org

Bloomington, IN

Pop. 83,000

• Short connector for bicycle network • Widening not possible • No public outreach performed Courtesy City of Bloomington, IN

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Courtesy bikewalkmove.org

Burlington, VT

Pop. 42,000

• Short connector for bicycle network • On-street parking was moved into park at end of road • Wide center lane (~18’) generated protest from bicyclists – ambiguous zone Courtesy Street Plan Collaborative

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Courtesy bikewalkmove.org

Hanover, NH

Pop. 11,000

• Provided facility for both pedestrians and bicyclists • Reduced speeding issues and vehicle volumes • Increased pedestrian and bicycle volumes Photo Courtesy Street Plan Collaborative

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Courtesy bikewalkmove.org

Minneapolis, MN

Pop. 400,000

• Bicycle network needed a connector but removal of parking not possible • Urban setting and high vehicle volumes, approx. 5,000 ADT • Lots of public outreach to parties along the street and bicycle community Photo Courtesy Street Plan CollaborativeCourtesy bikewalkmove.org

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Courtesy bikewalkmove.org

Ottawa, ON

Pop. 883,000

• Used as interim facility until road was re-built • Large, temporary sign used for familiarization • Bike lanes were hatched to warn cyclists of door zones

Photo Courtesy Street Plan CollaborativeCourtesy bikewalkmove.orgCourtesy Kate Whitfield

Courtesy Justin SwanCourtesy Justin Swan

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Human Nature

Awareness

Sight Distance Criterion

Legislative Uncertainty

Lane Widths & Ambiguous Zone

Facility Selection Criteria

ADA Issues as Sidewalk

Challenges

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Courtesy Richard Sparks

Advisory Bike Lanes

Provide bicycle facilities on narrow roads: 20-30’

Successful up to 5,000 ADT

Can provide “sidewalks” and traffic calming

Inexpensive

Reduces Maintenance

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Courtesy Richard Sparks

@bikepedx

advisorybikelanes.com

michaelwilliams@altaplanning.com

THANK YOU!

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List of American and Canadian Advisory Bike

Lane Installations as of September, 2017

# CITY STREET NAME 1 Alexandria, VA Potomac Greens Drive 2 Bloomington, IN East 7th Street 3 Boulder, CO Harvard Lane 4 Burlington, VT Flynn Avenue 5 Cambridge, MA Irving Street & Scott Street 6 Cambridge, MA Lakeview Avenue 7 Edina, MN 54th Street 8 Edina, MN (removed) Wooddale Avenue (removed) 9 Hanover, NH Valley Road 10 Minneapolis, MN East 14th/Grant Street 11 Ottawa, ON, Canada Somerset Street East 12 Sandpoint, ID Oak Street 13 Grand Rapids, MI Jefferson Ave SE 14 Yarmouth, ME Morton Rd 15 Minneapolis, MN West 46th Street 16 Minneapolis, MN East 54th Street 17 Scarborough, ME Eastern Rd

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