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


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

Arlington, VA:

Illinois uses a numeric scale:

Cambridge, MA: