Developing Management and Maintenance Practices

Maintenance schedules and procedures

Bike lanes and sidewalks need special maintenance attention. Debris, vegetation, and water collect in bike lanes and sidewalks. These duties should be added to regular maintenance schedules for sweeping streets, filling potholes, cutting back vegetation and cleaning drainage inlets. Agencies generally do not have the resources to maintain every street right-of-way at an optimal level. Working with maintenance supervisors, maintenance schedules should be developed that ensure heavily used bike lanes and sidewalks receive adequate maintenance.

Curbside Management

Curbside Management refers to painting and signing curbs. Painted curbs indicate setbacks from crosswalks and other parking restrictions to ensure good sight distances for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the street. This is one of the cheapest and most cost effective ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. Agencies should "institutionalize" curbside management in their standard practices to ensure pedestrians and bicyclists always have the best possible chance of seeing and being seen when they cross the street.