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14 Examples of Cycling Infrastructure

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Cycling infrastructure are transportation systems and services that are designed to be safe and usable for bicycles. The following are common examples.

Bicycle Highways

Bicycle paths that are designed for distance travel at speed with smooth surfaces, marked lanes, ample room for passing, traffic signs, signals and separation from other types of traffic.

Bike Paths

Separated paths dedicated to bicycles that may be unpaved and bumpy.

Cycle Track

Bike lanes that are on a shared road but are physically protected from vehicular traffic with barriers.

Bike Lanes

Lanes that are dedicated to bicycles without a physical barrier.

Contraflow Lanes

Lanes that are dedicated to bicycles that run the opposite direction to traffic. For example, a one-way street with bike lanes running in both directions.

Shared Lanes

Lanes that are marked as shared use for bicycling and vehicular traffic. This typically involves rules and limitations. For example, a shared lane that only permits buses and bicycles. Bus drivers can then be trained how to use such lanes safely.

Shared Sidewalks

Sidewalks that allow bicycles often with rules such as limited speed and yielding to pedestrians.

Shared Paths

Shared paths such as a laneway through a linear park.

Bicycle Boulevard

A low-traffic street that restricts cars to a slow speed and grants bicycles priority use of the road.

Traffic Calming

Infrastructure that is designed to slow cars. Such infrastructure may include features that allow bicycles to pass uninterrupted.

Traffic Reduction

Infrastructure or rules that reduce vehicular traffic on a bicycle boulevard or other protected area such as a living street. For example, a traffic diverter that allows bicycles to pass.

Transportation Services

Transportation services such as buses and trains that are designed for use with bicycles.


Official parking spots and parking stations for bicycles.

Safety & Traffic Control

Systems for controlling the flow of bicycle traffic and preventing accidents such as signs, surface markings, protected intersections, safety barriers, rumble strips and sewer grates that are bicycle-safe.
Overview: Cycling Infrastructure
Transportation systems and services that are designed to be safe and usable for bicycles.
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