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Planning & Design Strategies


      • Planning and engineering staff should solicit transit operations and service planning staff for their input throughout the design process of roadway reconfigurations, including striping bike lanes:
        • Strong lines of communication and stakeholder input will improve outcomes for transit operations even if the focus of the design is for bicycling
        • Bus operators are on the same roads more times per day than almost anyone else and can provide detailed feedback on the conditions at most times of day
      • Planners should engage the local bicycling community when planning for implementing a new-to-the-region design:
        • Many people bicycle beyond their local neighborhood and may have valuable input on treatments used elsewhere
        • Engaging people who ride bicycles in the process can help educate the public about the intention and expectations for new infrastructure designs
      • Cities or County planning staff should communicate effectively to stakeholders when a new road design is planned on streets they operate, which should include how to use the new treatment:
        • New road designs may be unfamiliar to transit supervisors and their staff; providing context can help the transit operation adapt to changes more effectively
        • Providing pop-up education, on-street ambassadors, and temporary signage can help people on bicycles know what to expect and how to ride when encountering a new design

Design Strategies

    • Bus zones
      • Provide adequate space for stopped bus to clear bikeway
      • Construct bus boarding islands at busy locations
      • Stripe conflict areas at stops
    • Intersections
      • Identify and reduce conflicts at approaches
      • Provide clear sight lines at conflict points along separated bikeways
      • Guide users through intersections
    • Corridors
      • Clearly sign and stripe shared bike-bus lanes
      • Implement left-sided bikeways on one-way streets