Bike Routes, Bike Lanes, and Signed Routes

Bicycles may be operated on all roadways, except where prohibited. However certain roads may be more desirable for use due to low traffic speeds and volumes and do not necessitate a separated bike facility. These roadways can be designated as shared lane bike routes with route signage and pavement markings to designate shared use of the travel lanes. Shared lanes should not be used as a substitute for conventional bike lanes when space permits.

Typical Use

  • On streets with low traffic volume (≤3,000 ADT)
  • On streets with low travel speeds (≤ 35 mph)
  • To fill a gap or transition between bike facilities

Facility Benefits

  • Bike route signage alerts motorists of the increased potential for bicycle activity and informs bicyclists they are on a preferred roadway.
  • Signage may include wayfinding information to indicate destinations and when to turn onto another street. This helps familiarize riders with the overall bicycle network.
  • The “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” sign may be used for travel lanes too narrow for bicyclists and motorists to safely navigate side by side.
  • Shared lane pavement markings (sharrows) may be used in combination with signage and guides bicyclists to the proper positioning within the travel lane.
  • Shared lane pavement markings and signage require no additional street width.