Accommodating bicycle and pedestrian travel
Describing something as ‘safe’ may lead to a false sense of security in many cases.There are many factors that play into a road’s suitability for bicycling.Some low-volume roads were built with little or no shoulders.In some situations, lack of space or certain soil conditions do not allow for a road shoulder.A chip sealed surface with a relatively thin gravel base may be adequate for many pedestrian and bicycle applications.
You don’t want to try to label roads as good or bad for bicycling.
As traffic volumes and speeds increase, however, their value becomes greater.
We commonly list the following as the benefits of shoulders for all road users: If a shoulder is intended to be used by pedestrians or bicyclists, it should be paved and a minimum of four feet wide.
With the increased attention being paid to providing access for pedestrians and bicyclists on our roadways, when and how to safely accommodate their needs is not always easy to determine. When feasible, road shoulders provide the space for motorists and cyclists to share the road Road shoulders are often a preferred treatment to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians on rural roads.
Sidewalks and bike lanes are treatment alternatives in more urban and suburban environments where there is typically more traffic.