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In order to provide a safe environment for bicyclists, the City of Richardson is implementing a long range plan to provide bicycle facilities and to designate preferred bicycle routes on lower-volume, lower-speed collector roadways. Though the City will not be encouraging bicyclists to ride on major arterial thoroughfares, "Share the Road" signs have been placed at strategic locations to inform motorists that bicycles have the legal right to occupy the roadway. In addition, dedicated bicycle lanes have been added on Custer Parkway, Grove Road, Waterview Drive, and portions of N. Collins Boulevard, Apollo Road, and N. Yale Boulevard. The history of the dedicated bicycle lanes can be found through the link to the right.

Other proposed bicycle routes and bicycle lanes are included in the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail-way Master Plan and will be implemented in a phased approach when additional funding is available and community and neighborhood support is established along each corridor.

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail-way Map not only shows on-street bicycle facilities, but also the many off-street hike and bike trails located within Richardson. The map link below shows how these on and off-street facilities interconnect to help you plan out a complete route through the entire city. If you would like more specific information about the off-street facilities (trail length, trail amenities, etc), please click the Parks & Recreation department link below.

Types of Bicycle Users

There are several types of bicycle users: some avid bicyclists do not like to ride in bike lanes. The City’s goal in providing an overall Bicycle & Pedestrian Trail-way Plan is to accommodate all types of users. Some recreational users may prefer to use trails in the City’s Parks. Other bicyclists may prefer to commute on arterial streets and do not want their right to occupy any travel lane limited by having bike lanes.

Types of Bicycle Facilities

In addition to bicycle lanes, the City is installing "Share the Road" signs on Renner Road where hundreds of cyclists ride many evenings and weekends despite the higher vehicle speeds and volumes. On some collector roadways and residential streets we simply provide a Bike Route sign without a dedicated lane. Below are examples of these different signs and characteristics associated with each facility type.

 example of Share the Road sign

Share the Road – This sign is posted on routes where vehicular traffic may encounter larger volumes of cyclists even though it is not a dedicated bike route or bike lane. Cyclists are legally permitted on these roadways so these signs are to make motorists aware of the presence of bicycles and to remind them to give the same rights to the bicycles as they would to motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.)

 example of Bicycle Route sign

Bike Route – This sign is posted along roadways in the city that have lower traffic volumes than “share the road” streets, and will help cyclists connect from bike lane to bike lane or between an off-street trail and an on-street bike lane. These routes may carry higher volumes than streets with designated bike lanes, but most of these routes are located on collectors or residential streets versus arterials.

 example of Bicycle Lane sign

Bike Lane – This sign is located along roadways that have a dedicated bike lane. There are currently six bike lanes located in Richardson and more are proposed as future funding is available. This bike lane sign will also be accompanied by white pavement markings of the cyclist symbol and a solid white stripe separating motorized traffic from the bicycles.

 

Links

Bicycle Advocate Groups

Bicycle Lane History

Bicyclist's Rights
& Responsibilities

DFW Area Bicycle Facilities

Typical Bike Lane
Cross-Sections

 

 

Last updated: 2/20/2014 9:45:31 AM