Bicyclists face a variety of challenges when they ride along and across streets with motor vehicles. Communities are asking for help to “slow traffic down,” and “make the street more inviting to bicyclists.”
The following is a list of requests (objectives) that transportation professionals are likely to face when working to provide bicycle safety and mobility:
- Provide safe on-street facilities/space for bicyclists.
- Provide off-road paths or trails for bicyclists.
- Provide and maintain quality surfaces for bicyclists.
- Provide safe intersections for bicyclists.
- Improve motorist behavior/compliance with traffic laws.
- Improve bicyclist behavior/compliance with traffic laws.
- Encourage and promote bicycling.
Each of these objectives can be accomplished through a variety of the individual treatments presented in this application. Yet, most treatments will work best when used at multiple locations and in combination with other treatments.
In addition, many of the treatments will accomplish two or more objectives. The key is to make sure that the right treatments are chosen to accomplish the desired effect.
The interactive matrix shows which countermeasures are appropriate to consider for the seven performance objectives. In using the chart, it is important to remember that it is simply a guide. In all cases, good engineering judgment should be applied when making decisions about what treatment will be best for a specific location.