Class IV Bikeway Design
Thursday, April 21, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PDT
San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
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Class IV bikeways are on-street bike lanes that are physically separated from the adjacent general travel lane. They are designed to provide greater comfort and safety to people who ride bikes, especially novice and vulnerable riders like children and older adults. They are also known as protected bike lanes, separated bike lanes, or cycle tracks. A common treatment in European cities with high bike mode shares, they are an emerging trend in the US, with over 270 protected bike lanes on the ground today.
In California, they can be seen in cities such as Davis, San Francisco, Long Beach, Modesto, and Temple City. AB 1193, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014, designated protected bike lanes as Class IV in California, provided latitude for implementation by local jurisdictions, and required Caltrans to develop guidelines by December 31, 2015. Caltrans’ new Design Information Bulletin on Class IV bikeways will be the focus of this workshop, along with resources from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Association of City Transportation Engineers (NACTO), and other entities. Attendees will leave the workshop with the confidence to describe Class IV Bikeways to elected officials and the public, recognize their value in filling gaps in their communities’ bikeway networks, and grasp design basics.