There are about 150 miles of bicycle lanes, signed bike routes, separated bikeways and trails in the City. We've heard from you that bicycling on busy streets and without designated bikeways is uncomfortable. That's why one focus area of this plan is recommending almost 150 miles of lower-stress bikeways. Building this type of network supports people of most skill and comfort levels.
Bicycle Boulevards/Signed Bike Routes
These are on lower traffic, shared streets, off and away from the street. They are often marked with signs and pavement markings. Major intersections are improved to serve as priority bicycle routes. Garfield Avenue between Bridge and Richmond is a signed Bike Route.
Striped Bicycle Lanes
You'll find these located in the street designated by striping and signage. They are either next to the curb or to the left of on-street parallel parking lanes. There are over 70 miles of bicycle lanes in the City. They include Burton Street from Madison to Breton, Covell Avenue from Richmond to O’Brien, and Monroe Avenue from Michigan to Guild.
Buffered Bicycle Lanes
These are in similar locations to striped bicycle lanes. They have a painted buffer space between the bicycle and travel lanes. You can find them on Alger Street between Plymouth and Kalamazoo.
Raised Bicycle Lanes
You'll find these in similar locations to striped bicycle lanes. They are raised up from the street to provide some separation from the travel lanes next to them. The City of Grand Rapids doesn’t yet have any raised bicycle lanes.
You'll see these lanes in the street. They are separated from vehicle traffic with some kind of barrier. These barriers could be flexible posts, raised curbs, landscaped islands, or even parallel-parked cars. Examples of these are Monroe Avenue between Guild and North Park, North Division Avenue between Crescent and Coldbrook, and Century Avenue between Sheridan and Pleasant.
Off-Street Trails (or bike paths)
You'll find these located off and away from the street. These are often along waterways and former railroad corridors. Examples of these include the Plaster Creek Trail, Oxford Trails between Godfrey and Wealthy, and the southern part of the White Pine Trail in Riverside Park.