Despite a pandemic, the Transportation Department’s BikeRaleigh program reached several milestones in 2020 to expand the City’s bikeway network. It was a year of several firsts for the bicycle division.
The bicycle division met several milestones, including:
- First full year of the Raleigh bikeshare program: Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Citrix Cycle bikeshare program continued to increase its ridership.
- Oversaw the Installation of City’s first separated, in-street bike lanes: The City improved bike safety by installing flexible delineators to Crabtree Boulevard, Morgan Street, Lineberry Drive, and the downtown North-South Greenway Connector on West and Harrington Streets.
- Shared Streets: The City implemented a pilot program to help residents find safe, healthy ways to enjoy outdoor activities while supporting physical distancing during the pandemic.
- First full year with 17 bike-ped counters on streets and greenways: Raleigh installed these in conjunctions with NCDOT, CAMPO and NCSU to generate data on bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
- Silver status as a Walk Friendly Community: Raleigh retained bronze status as a Bike Friendly Community.
“In 2020, Raleigh continued to implement the BikeRaleigh plan,” summarized Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager Paul Black.
Separated Bike Lanes
The most visible installations were the separated bike lanes on Lineberry Drive, Crabtree Boulevard, sections of Morgan Street in downtown, and six blocks of the Downtown North-South Greenway Connector on North Street. The City also completed six sections of bike lanes with the Annual Resurfacing Program on Colonnade, Delta Lake, Hardimont, Kelway, Industrial, and Thistledown streets. “These all contribute to a larger network of bike facilities over time,” Black said.
Transportation Planning Manager Eric Lamb said the division is especially excited about the success of new facilities along West Street and Harrington Street in downtown Raleigh. “We are also making progress deploying new buffered bike lanes throughout the City and creating more comfortable spaces to ride. This summer we expect to roll out new bike facilities and neighborhood bikeways on a number of streets that will expand our network and improve our system connectivity.”
In May, BikeRaleigh is planning a variety of hybrid and virtual events to continue building the biking community, support biking and have fun. For more information on biking in Raleigh, visit our BikeRaleigh page.