Planning & Design

The Office of Transportation Planning is involved in several studies, plans, and designs that improve bicycling in Raleigh. Read below and follow the links for more information.

Raleigh Bikeshare

Have you heard? Bikeshare is coming to Raleigh! Raleigh’s 300-bike, 30-station system is scheduled to launch in spring 2018 and will cover downtown Raleigh and North Carolina State University.

Bikeshare is a public self-serve bicycle rental system for short trips. Bikeshare has been in the works for Raleigh since 2013 when the City of Raleigh initiated a study to evaluate the feasibility of bikeshare in Raleigh. The Feasibility Study collected feedback from stakeholders and the public and it analyzed Raleigh’s demographics, transit service, and bicycle network. The subsequent Implementation Planrecommended a 300-bike, 30-station bikeshare system for downtown Raleigh. Since then, BikeRaleigh has refined the station locations identified in the Implementation Plan to create a preliminary station map, which will be reviewed and finalized with guidance from the bikeshare vendor and operator.


June 2014: BikeRaleigh Completes Feasibility Study

December 2014: BikeRaleigh Completes Implementation Plan

March 15, 2016: City Council Votes to Approve Bikeshare

September 6, 2016: NCDOT Authorizes $1.6M in Federal Funding for Implementation

September 9, 2016: BikeRaleigh Advertises Request for Information

November 21, 2016: Wake County Contributes $200,000 for Implementation

March 6, 2017: BikeRaleigh Advertises Request for Proposals

May 3-10, 2017: BikeRaleigh Holds Interviews and Public Demonstrations with Top 3 Teams

June 6, 2017: City Council Authorizes Contract Negotiations with Bewegen and Corps Logistics Team

September 2017 to Spring 2018: System Planning and Implementation

Spring 2018: System Launch

West Street Cycle Track Pilot Project

Oaks & Spokes, the Raleigh Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and BikeRaleigh are teaming up to implement a six-month pilot project to install a two-way separated bike lane (i.e. a cycle track) on West Street in downtown Raleigh. The cycle track pilot project will give the City of Raleigh the opportunity to quickly evaluate the effectiveness of a concept design and will give the public the chance to use the facility and provide feedback. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, go to the project page.

Blount Street – Person Street Corridor Plan Implementation

Based on the Blount Street/Person Street Corridor Plan adopted in 2013, Blount Street, Person Street, and Wake Forest Road between Hoke Street and Capital Boulevard will be restriped and resurfaced to reduce motor vehicle speeds, improve safety, and provide accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians. For more information, go to the project page.

Gorman Street Connector

Raleigh’s first two-way separated bike lane is coming to Gorman Street between Sullivan Drive and Hillsborough Street. The project is intended to provide a safe connection for bicyclists and pedestrians between the Reedy Creek Trail (Meredith College) and the Rocky Branch Trail (North Carolina State University). For more information, go to the project page.

Leesville Safe Routes to School Project

The Leesville Safe Routes to School project aims to improve bicycling and walking conditions around Leesville Elementary, Middle, and High schools by installing sidewalks and shared lane markings on Oneal Road and sidewalks and bike lanes on Country Trail. For more information, go to the project page.

Blue Ridge Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements from Trinity Road to North Carolina Museum of Art

A design to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Blue Ridge Road from Trinity Road to Reedy Creek Road is under development. The design includes a new non-motorized bridge over Wade Avenue; sidewalks, separated bike lanes,and shared-use paths; and an improved intersection at Reedy Creek Road. For more information, go to the project page.

BikeRaleigh Plan

Adopted in May 2016, the BikeRaleigh Plan is the framework for expanding Raleigh’s bikeway network and improving its safety, comfort, convenience, and accessibility for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. The BikeRaleigh Plan seeks to improve Raleigh’s bikeability through engineering, evaluation and planning, education, encouragement, and enforcement. Click on the links below to download individual chapters and view online maps showing the plan’s bikeway recommendations.