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.

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.

2-Existing Conditions
3-The Bike Network
Bike Network Maps
Interactive Long Term Bikeway Plan
4-Prioritization and Ten-Year Plan
Priority Projects Maps
Interactive Ten Year Priority Plan
5-Bicycle Routes and Wayfinding
6-Support Programs and Facilities
7-Bicycle Policies
Appendix A: Prioritization Matrix
Appendix B: Public Engagement
Appendix: Design Guidelines

Projects in the Plan that are under way:

Raleigh Bikeshare

Have you heard? Bikeshare is open to Raleigh! Raleigh’s 300-bike, 30-station system is scheduled had a soft launch of 14 stations and one hundred bikes on March 16th.  there will ultimately be 30 stations and 300 bikes 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

November 21, 2017: City Council Approves Contract

Winter 2018 to Spring 2019: System Planning and Implementation

Spring 2019: System Launch

Harrington Street CycleTrack

The City of Raleigh is partnering with Oaks & Spokes to implement a priority project from the Downtown Plan and Bicycle Plan as a 3 day pop-up event the first weekend in April. The project will install a temporary two-way separated bike lane, also known as a two-way cycletrack, on Harrington Street from Davie Street to Morgan Street. The project’s primary objective is to introduce Raleigh to the two-way cycletrack and test the design in a downtown setting.  The 2016 Bike Plan Update calls for the City to create a low-stress bikeway connecting Raleigh Union Station and the Warehouse District to the Glenwood District. Originally slated for West Street, a combination of factors led to looking at Harrington as a better long-term fit for the facility.  If the pop up event is well-received, it can be implemented as a permanent installation as phase one of three, with phase two going from Morgan Street to Lane Street, and the final phase going from Lane Street to Peace Street and ultimately connecting to the planned Devereaux Meadows Greenway.

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.

Crabtree Creek West Trail

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department is managing this project.  For more information visit their project page.

Walnut Creek Trail at Trailwood

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department is also managing this project.  For more information visit their project page.