Benchmarking Bike Networks

This report summarizes guidance and best practices to create safer bicycle facilities and connect them into networks that allow more people to safely bike to more places within and throughout communities.

by League of American Bicyclists

The last decade has seen a rapid change in best practices for improved bicycle infrastructure and policies to promote bicycling. However, many places still lack connected bicycle networks. By talking to officials in some of the cities where bicycle commuting has increased the most over the last decade and identifying areas where they have built connected networks, this report will help other communities and advocates understand the many approaches to bicycle network development.

THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS developed this report to articulate our priorities around bicycle infrastructure and to encourage individuals who bike, cycling clubs, state, and local bicycle advocacy organizations, and communities that participate in our Bicycle Friendly Community program to use these lessons learned as they seek to improve conditions for people who bike.

To improve the safety of people who bike, walk, use a wheelchair, and drive, it is necessary for transportation agencies to prioritize safety in their road designs using a Safe System Approach. The Safe System Approach proactively uses road design to change human behavior so that dangers in our transportation system are minimized and human errors are anticipated and their impact minimized. Two principle techniques of the Safe System Approach are slowing people down to reduce kinetic energy and separating people to reduce conflicts.

Attached document published January 2022

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For generations past and to come, THE LEAGUE represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, we work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to our members everywhere.

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