Bicycle Action Plan

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Provide Public Comment

We'll be going to formal meetings where you can provide your comments in writing or in person. Dates are tentative.


June 30, 2018 through August 17, 2018

Draft Bicycle Action Plan document open for public review and comment

July 10, 2018

City Commission action to set Public Hearing

July 11, 2019

Downtown Development Authority Board briefing (no action)

July 12, 2018

Mobile GR Commission briefing (no action)

July 12, 2018 or July 26, 2018

City Planning Commission briefing (no action)

July 16, 2018

Vital Streets Commission briefing (no action)

July 23, 2018

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Mobility Alliance briefing (no action)

August 14, 2018

Proposed City Commission Public Hearing

August 20, 2018

Vital Streets Commission action

September 12, 2018

Downtown Development Authority Board action

September 13, 2018

Mobile GR Commission action on recommending the plan to City Commission

September 18, 2018

City Commission action to adopt the Bicycle Action Plan 

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Why We Need a Plan

We need a Bicycle Action Plan. We've talked about bicycles and connecting routes project after project. From Green Grand Rapids to GR Forward, we've talked about bicycles. We've never compiled it into one plan with clear action steps. Which brings us to where we're going: adopt a Bicycle Action Plan.

With your help, we're developing a Bicycle Action Plan. We want this action plan to:

  • Guide future bikeway improvements
  • Identify policies and programs that make bicycling better
  • Create a convenient and accessible way of getting around

Plans and Public Input

We're using your input and the input from 15 years of community engagement in City projects. We'll use and build upon recommendations from the following plans:

We have around 100 miles of bicycle lanes, signed bike routes, separated bikeways and trails in the City. We've heard that bicycling on busy streets and on ones without bikeways is uncomfortable. That's why one focus area of this plan is recommending lower-stress bikeways. Building this type of network supports people of all skill levels and comfort.


Bicycle Boulevards/Signed Bike Routes

You'll find these located off and away from the street. These are often along waterways and former railroad corridors.

Striped Bicycle Lanes

You'll find these located in the street designated by striping and signage. They are found either next to the curb or parallel to parking lanes.

Buffered Bicycle Lanes

These have similar locations to standalone bicycle lanes. They have a painted buffer space between the bicycle and travel lanes.

Raised Bicycle Lanes

You'll find these in similar locations to striped bicycle lanes. The difference is the lane is raised up form the street to provide some separation.

Separated Bikeways

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, or even parked cars.

Off Street Trails (or bike paths) Bicycle Boulevards/Signed Bike Routes

These are located on low traffic, shared streets. Cities improve them to serve as priority bicycle routes.You'll find these located off and away from the street.