Bike Route Types

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By infrastructure type

Vehicular Cycling

The idea that roads should have no special considerations for bikes: they should act and be treated like cars.

Bike Lanes

Separated Paths

Shared Route

Sharrows

Bicycle Boulevard

By comfort level

Comfort levels are generally done on a four-point scale, between "Safe for Children" and "Only for experts".

Bowling Green, KY lists them like this:

  • Blue: Beginning riders, including children accompanied by an adult
  • Yellow: Intermediate riders who have the skill to ride as a vehicle in traffic
  • Red: Advanced riders who have the skill to navigate heavy vehicular traffic
  • Green: Greenways/off-road shared-use paths that are separated from vehicular traffic; suitable for all skill levels

https://www.warrenpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BG%20BICYCLE%20COMFORT%20RATING%20MAP%202016.pdf

Arlington, VA: https://kchanba.com/arlington-bicycle-comfort-level-maps

Illinois uses a numeric scale: https://rideillinois.org/blos/blosform.htm

Cambridge, MA: https://www.cambridgema.gov/-/media/Files/CDD/Transportation/Bike/bikeplan/2020/finalchaptersjune2021/5bicyclenetworkvision_20210618.pdf