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Bicycle Boulevards / Walk-Bike Streets

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Preliminary Observations and Experiences

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Source: Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Oregon Department of Transportation, 1995.

NTPP Pilot Communities:
Minneapolis - Bike/Walk Twin Cities
Columbia - GetAbout Columbia

Also known as "bicycle boulevards," "walk-bike" streets are typically residential streets where pedestrians and bicyclists are given priority over motorists. These streets provide a quiet, safe, and attractive route for bicyclists and pedestrians - especially bicyclists who do not feel comfortable traveling on high-traffic streets.

Bicycle Boulevards/Walk-Bike Streets typically divert vehicular traffic to other, larger roads in the immediate area to ensure the bike/walk priority. These streets may have special signs and symbols that indicate them as priority walking and bicycling streets.

Bicycle Boulevards/Walk-Bike Streets are most successful in areas with a grid-like or otherwise comprehensive roadway network where a parallel alternate route or routes can accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians choosing not to travel on the busier main route. Residents are usually in favor of them because of reduced and slower vehicle traffic.

NTPP pilot communities have designated and funded approximately 40 miles of Bicycle Boulevards/Walk-Bike Streets on local roadways. These facilities make connections to important destinations such as universities, connect multiple trail systems, and make inter-city connections, all of which serve to further extend the non-motorized network.

Features of NTPP Bicycle Boulevards/Walk-Bike Streets may include:

Other cities that have installed Bicycle Boulevards/Walk-Bike Streets include Portland, OR, and Berkeley, CA. Example Facility Design.

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Bike boulevard signage in Berkeley, CA.

For more information about these programs in other communities:

Spring 2010 -- Prepared by the USDOT/Volpe Center for the Federal Highway Administration and NTPP Pilot Communities

Section 1807 of the Safe, Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users established the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) in August 2005. Over the span of four years (2007-2010), the legislation authorizes $25 million for each of the NTPP's four pilot communities to construct and invest in nonmotorized transportation infrastructure and programs. The purpose of the NTPP is "to demonstrate the extent to which bicycling and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load, and represent a major portion of the transportation solution, within selected communities."

* This research has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning, Environment and Realty's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP).

Updated: 1/31/2017
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