There is no such thing as a typical bicyclists. A single persons preference for a bicycle route may vary based on the type of trip. Individuals also vary greatly in their tolerance of traffic, hills, weather and numerous other factors. The solution then is not one dimensional, but rather responds to the needs of the various users and trip types. For all the reasons listed about a bicycle system should be made up of a variety of routes that provide options for the user to choose their most comfortable route. Click here for a map of existing bicycle facilities in the City of Ferndale.
Integrating bicycle facilities into existing roadways takes into account the type of road, the desired motor vehicle speeds, the anticipated amount of motor vehicle traffic and the available Right-of-Way. The following are examples of some on-road bicycle facilities that are proposed in Ferndale:
- Cycle Track – an exclusive bicycle facility that is separated from vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes and sidewalk by coloring, bollards, curbs/medians or a combination of these
- Buffered Bike Lane – conventional bike lanes paired with a designated space separating the bicycle lane from the motor vehicle lane and/or parking lane
- Conventional Bike Lane – a travel lane dedicated to bicycle travel where bicycles travel the same direction as motorized traffic
- Shared Lane Marking – a pavement marking in the roadway used to indicate to bicyclists a recommended lane position and to indicate to motorists to expect bicycles
- Neighborhood Connector Route – an identified bicycle and pedestrian route along low-volume, low-speed roadways that is designated with signage where bicycles are expected to ride in the roadway with the flow of motor vehicle traffic