Applicable Countermeasures


Well-designed and well-landscaped bicycle facilities can be an important attraction, especially for the recreational bicyclist. Whereas bicycle commuters will typically choose routes based upon their directness and safety, recreational riders are more likely to be drawn to routes that are aesthetically pleasing and where they feel comfortable riding. The aesthetic of the riding environment is also of critical importance to attracting new riders — an individual is much more likely to try commuting to work if his route takes him along an attractively maintained greenway or roadway than along an unkempt, urban street.

Aesthetics are an integral part of building a livable, bikeable, and walkable community. Streets and bicycle facilities that are well-designed and well-maintained, buffered from traffic, attractively landscaped, and that are either a destination in their own right (e.g., a popular off-road trail in a park) or that connect popular destinations (e.g., houses with shopping, neighborhoods with schools) will attract bicyclists.

Well-designed and landscaped facilities are also easier to maintain, lead to fewer safety and security problems, and are more likely to be supported by the neighborhoods and businesses they access.


  • The primary goal in designing and building aesthetically pleasing bicycle facilities is to create an attractive environment — not only for bicyclists, but for everyone.
  • By building such environments, one hopes to encourage more people to bike for recreation, fitness, and trip-making.

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  • Landscaping is integral to good design. It is important for the overall aesthetics of a project, but also the day-to-day safety, operation and maintenance of the project.
  • The services of a landscape architect or other professional may be beneficial in planning and building a facility that is aesthetically pleasing and that contributes to the overall goal of a livable community.

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Estimated Cost

Estimated costs will vary widely, depending on the specific type of facility, its location, original conditions at the site, the overall scope and timeframe for the project, availability of volunteer labor, etc.

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Case Studies

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