Bicycle facilities

Bicycle facilities consist of the space designated for bicycles on the road, adjacent to the road, or on a separate path that supports safe and efficient travel by bicycle.

Key characteristics

Setting/Location

All, Corridor, Urban, Suburban, Rural, Neighborhood

Technology

Collaboration

WSDOT regions

Statewide

Learn more about this strategy

Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/

Federal Highway Administration Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide.
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (fee).
https://store.transportation.org/Item/CollectionDetail?ID=116

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
https://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/

About key characteristics

Location notes:

Bicycle facilities should be considered on all roadways, and especially those with an observed presence of bicyclists.

Cost notes:

Cost varies widely depending on the type of bicycle facility implemented. Signage and pavement markings are low-cost, while new, paved bicycle trails are high-cost.

Technology notes:

Most bicycle facilities require little technology, but at some locations, like intersections with traffic signals, more technology is needed.

Collaboration notes:

Agencies implementing bicycle facilities must collaborate among a wide variety of stakeholders, including bicycle advocacy groups, business owners, and local citizens.

Conditions this strategy addresses