Caltrans Protected Bikeway Guidelines Still a Mystery

Our big 2014 victory requiring Caltrans to develop standards for protected bikeways should yield fruit by January 2016, when those guidelines are due. But will that fruit be sweet? Your California Bicycle Coalition is playing watchdog to ensure that the standards translate into great protected bike lanes.  The guidelines should:

  • specify a preferred dimension that permits three-abreast riding, so that fast cyclists may pass two slow cyclists riding side-by-side.
  • give guidance and permission to build a wide variety of cycle tracks so that local agencies do not need Caltrans’ approval for variations from the preferred design.
  • meet the needs of all road users, including people with disabilities.
  • include protection through intersections, in order to avoid situations like this scary bike lane in Orinda, California: