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what is an all ages and abilities bikeway?

The WLP Bikeway Study is a meant to identify ways to implement an all ages and abilities bikeway. This means recommendations should address perceptions of safety for users such as children, seniors, people with disabilities, along with confident cyclists. To achieve this goal, the Project Team reviewed recommendations from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing for All Ages and Abilities guide to select appropriate bikeway facilities throughout the corridor. This guide was used in concert with existing roadway vehicular speed and volume , the guide recommends implementing a protected bikeway throughout much of the corridor.

What is a Protected Bikeway?

A protected or separated bikeway is an exclusive bikeway facility, physically separated from vehicular traffic with both vertical and horizontal barriers. Vertical barriers often consist of raised islands, planters, flexible posts, or on-street parking while horizontal barriers generally consist of landscaping or pavement striping. A protected bikeway is separate and distinct from the sidewalk, providing a dedicated area marked for cyclists.

Protected bikeways can be installed on both sides of the street as separate one-way facilities or on one side of the street as a bi-direction facility. A one-way parking protected bikeway is shown at the left. The Evolution of a Protected Bikeway figure, below, depicts how a protected bikeway can start as a lower cost, easily implemented buffered bike lane and transition to a fully built out protected bikeway with curb separation over time.

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Evolution of Protected Bikeway