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


All, Corridor, Urban, Suburban, Rural, Neighborhood



WSDOT regions


Learn more about this strategy

Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website.

Federal Highway Administration Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (fee).

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) 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