Updates

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting the bike facilities commonly seen around Raleigh. "Bike facilities" are a catch all category for the markings and places bicyclists ride. It is important for motorists and bicyclists to know what to do when they approach each facility to ensure a safe commute for all.


Check out the Events tab above as we have been adding upcoming events to the page. Although May is officially Bike Month, there are some great events taking place in April that we want to make sure you know about. Our listing will be a constant work in progress, so keep checking back for updates!

ParkingProtectedThere is still time to comment on the draft plan!

The BikeRaleigh Plan Update is the result of hours of staff and consultant work, built upon a foundation of input from Raleighites of all walks of life. Now that the draft is finished, the project team needs to make sure that we’ve hit the target:

  • Are we planning for the right types of bike infrastructure?
  • Does the plan identify the correct mix of priority projects?
  • Does the long-term vision meet Raleigh’s needs?
  • Are the programs, policies, and implementation strategies recommended in the plan what Raleigh needs?

Please click here to view the draft plan. The last day the team can accept comments is January 31.

The document is an update to the existing bike plan, adopted in 2009, that incorporates lessons learned—both in Raleigh and nationally—in the last five years. The plan lays out a strategy for the next five to ten years to improve the health, safety, and transportation options for Raleighites.

BFC ScorecardIt is with a strong mix of motions that I announce the City of Raleigh has once again been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.  For context, the City of Raleigh was first designated as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League in 2011.  We completed a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan in 2009 and hired our first full-time Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator in 2010.  Westarted making strides towards improving the environment for bicycling with our first new bike lanes and markings and with the rapid expansion of the City's greenway system.

We submitted our application to the League that year, thinking achieving designation would be a long shot - our program was too young, our achievements too small, and our ridership levels were not remarkable.  We thought the application would provide us with an excellent opportunity for benchmarking, and our program would get valuable feedback and insight on how to improve.

And somehow we achieved Bronze.

We were ecstatic and in disbelief!  The combination of all of our efforts proved sufficient to meet the League's benchmarks for this designation.  This achievement re-energized our efforts of implementing the Plan and expansion of the program over these past four years.  Entering into the application process this year, we were armed with a substantially stronger program, vigorous community and political support, a significantly larger infrastructure base, and a track record of successful programming and events.  As we submitted this year's application, we felt the BikeRaleigh program was poised for Silver designation this year by the League.

And again: Bronze.

The League provided us a Scorecard explaining our designation, and without a doubt, there are many, many areas in which the City can improve in order to become truly bike-friendly.  And we must work harder to get our bicycle mode share numbers up and our bicycle crashes down.  We're almost finished with the implementation of the 27-miles of new markings, and the 2009 Bicycle Plan Update is almost complete.  To enforce our commitment to bicycling and walking, the City reclassified the Coordinator position to a Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager- a position recently filled. We are now in the process of filling our vacant Bicycle & Pedestrian Outreach Coordinator position.  

We are motivated to use the scorecard and forthcoming feedback from the League as a blueprint to continue growing the BikeRaleigh program.  We thank you all for the support you've given us these past several years, and we hope that you'll help us keep moving our program forward!

 

Eric Lamb

 

Map 2.1The various components of the draft BikeRaleigh Plan Update are coming together. So far, we’ve realized a need to improve cycling facilities that meet the needs of cyclists of all ages and abilities, not just the more confident and fit cyclists. We plan to do that by adding protected or separated lanes in some places and neighborhood bikeways in others.

Please take a moment to check out the BikeRaleigh Plan Update webpage. There you’ll be able  to view and comment on the draft chapters as they are released. We also invite you to attend one of the following open houses scheduled for this month so that your ideas can be incorporated into the plan:

Upcoming Event

Wed Dec 12, 2018 @18:00 -
Crank Arm Weekly Ride

Join Crank Arm every Wednesday for a no drop group ride. Meet at Crank Arm at 6, depart at 6:30. Rides are typically between 10 and 15 miles.

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