On-Street Facilities

Bicyclists can be found on almost every type of roadway, from rural interstates to local streets, and the majority of these roads have no special facilities designated for bicycling. Nonetheless, they are a critical part of the bicycling infrastructure and need to be maintained and operated so that bicyclists can use them safely and comfortably. Drainage grates, railroad tracks, potholes, utility covers, gravel, wet leaves, pavement joints and many other surface irregularities have a profound impact on bicyclists and can cause a fall and serious injury. Often, many roads have no need for special on-street bike facilities as long as an acceptable amount of space is provided for bicyclists and the pavement has an acceptable level of maintenance.