What are separated bikeways and paths? Why is Saint Paul considering them?
Separated bikeways and paths are spaces for people biking that are separated from car traffic by some sort of physical barrier. They can be designed just for people biking, or they can be designed to be shared by people walking and biking. Separated bikeways and paths can be for one way bike traffic or two way bike traffic.
There are many examples of separated bikeways and paths in Saint Paul shown in these photos – and residents and community members have asked for more of them.
Separated bikeways and paths:
- Provide a comfortable space to bike for people of all ages and abilities
- Allow for a narrower roadway, which encourages slower driving speeds and is easier to cross for people walking. By constructing the bikeway outside of the road, the street can be narrower.