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Local trails, also referred to as connector trails, provide connections between smaller distances. Rather than between communities, like regional trails, local trails may connect local amenities such as parks, neighborhoods and shopping districts.
Regional trails connect various communities and are used for non-motorized transportation. They are typically separated from roadways and are 10’ wide or greater to accommodate a variety of users. Regional trails have higher traffic volume and as such, should accommodate for that in their design. Typical users of regional trails are bikers, walkers and runners using the trail for recreation and commuting.
Shared lane markings or “sharrows” are pavement markings that denote shared bicycle and motor vehicle travel lanes. The markers are two chevrons positioned above a bicycle symbol, placed where the bicyclist should be anticipated to operate. In general, this is a design solution that should only be used in locations with low traffic speeds and volumes as part of a signed route, bicycle boulevard, or as a temporary solution on constrained, higher-traffic streets.
Paved shoulders provide a range of benefits: they reduce motor vehicle crashes, reduce long-term roadway maintenance, ease short-term maintenance such as snow plowing and provide space for bicyclists and pedestrians. Paved shoulders are typically reserved for rural road cross-sections.
Bicycle lanes provide an exclusive space for bicyclists in the roadway by using lines and symbols on the roadway surface. Bicycle lanes are for one-way travel and are normally provided in both directions on two-way streets and/or on one side of a one-way street. Bicyclists are not required to remain in a bicycle lane when traveling on a street and may leave the bicycle lane as necessary to make turns, pass other bicyclists, or to properly position themselves for other necessary movements.
Buffered bike lanes are created by painting or otherwise creating a flush buffer zone between a bicycle lane and the adjacent travel lane. While buffers are typically used between bicycle lanes and motor vehicle travel lanes to increase bicyclists’ comfort, they can also be provided between bicycle lanes and parking lanes in locations with high parking turnover to discourage bicyclists from riding too close to parked vehicles.
Separated bike lanes are an exclusive bikeway facility type that combines the user experience of a shared-use path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. They are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and distinct from the sidewalk.
A shared use path is a two-way facility physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and used by bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users. Shared use paths, also referred to as trails, are often located in an independent alignment, such as a greenbelt or abandoned railroad right-of-way. However, they are also regularly constructed along roadways; often bicyclists and pedestrians will have increased interactions with motor vehicles at driveways and intersections on these “sidepaths”.