Types of Bike Facilities

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Multi-use Paths (Class I)

A multi-use path is a two-way facility physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and used by bicyclists, pedestrians,
and other non-motorized users. Multi-use paths are often located in an independent alignment, such as a greenbelt or
abandoned railroad. However, they are also regularly constructed along roadways; often bicyclists and pedestrians will
have increased interactions with motor vehicles at driveways and intersections on these “multi-use paths.”


Protected Bike Lanes (Class IV)

Also known as separated bike lanes, protected bike lanes are an exclusive bikeway facility type that combines the user experience of a multi-use path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. They are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by a vertical barrier (typically posts, parked cars, planter boxes, and/or a curb) and are distinct from the sidewalk.

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Bike Lanes (Class II)

Bike lanes provide an exclusive space for bicyclists in the roadway. Bike lanes are established through the use of lines
and symbols on the roadway surface. Bike lanes are for one-way travel and are normally provided in both directions on
two-way streets or on one side of a one-way street. Bicyclists are not required to remain in a bike lane when traveling on
a street and may leave the bike lane as necessary to make turns, pass other bicyclists, or to properly position themselves
for other necessary movements.

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Bike Routes (Class III)

Bicycles may be operated on all roadways except where prohibited by statute or regulation.  In many instances, bicyclists and motor vehicles share the same travel lanes. However, some existing roadways are designated as bike routes to provide wayfinding, notify drivers of frequent bicycle traffic, or on low speed and low vehicle volume streets that have conditions that are more suitable for bicycles. Bike routes frequently have signage or shared lane markings.