Durham Neighborhood Bike Routes

The City of Durham is working to implement neighborhood bike routes, otherwise know as bike boulevards, throughout Durham to help those travelling by bicycle access destinations more easily and safely.

Bicycle boulevards are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speeds, designated and designed to give bicycle travel priority. Bicycle Boulevards use signs, pavement markings, and speed and volume management measures to discourage through trips by motor vehicles and create safe, convenient bicycle crossings of busy arterial streets. For more details on the design of bicycle boulevards, see the NACTO Bike Guide: https://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/bicycle-boulevards/

The City has enough funding to develop the first phase of bicycle boulevards that will total approximately 7 miles. Design is currently underway, with construction expected in late 2019.

What is "Durham Bicycle Boulevards"

The local advocacy group, Durham Bicycle Boulevards, is focused on developing a dedicated bicycle network of low-stress neighborhood streets. The Durham Bicycle Boulevards organization is working on community support and asking the City to move quickly toward implementation. Below is a graphic representation of the group’s conceptual bicycle boulevard network. More information on this group, including local events, can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bicycleboulevards/

The City is building upon the Durham Bicycle Boulevards initiative by planning and designing an initial set of bicycle boulevard routes. This initial planning and design of the routes is considered as a first phase of bicycle boulevard implementation in Durham. It will take place mostly between Fall 2018 and Summer 2019, by using a Federal Highway Administration grant from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. The use of these funds limits the type of design that can take place in the short term, and the amount of the grant limits the total number (and mileage) of bicycle boulevards that can be addressed in this first phase. Still, the grant offers the City a way to design aspects of a first phase, such as pavement markings and wayfinding. Other design elements, such as traffic calming, cannot be used with CMAQ funding, but can be planned for for future phases.

Neighborhood Bike Routes Flyer

How Are the Routes Being Selected?

The Durham Bicycle Boulevards initiative offers a great base to build from. Additionally, many of the routes in consideration have been published and promoted for bicycle travel in City of Durham maps since 2010 (see the 2010, 2012, and 2018 Durham Hike & Bike Map). The Hike and Bike Map identifies bicycle routes on shared roadways with lower traffic streets in green (see portion of the map below). These routes, combined with the Durham Bicycle Boulevards conceptual network, formed the base to draw from for phase one projects. Planners examined about 30-miles of potential routes, looking at factors such as traffic volume, speed, and geographic distribution. The funding for this project will allow for the design of up to seven miles total for this first phase. The seven miles proposed at this time are all roughly within a 1-mile radius of Downtown Durham, offering the best opportunity to build this network over time, starting at the center.

Bike and Hike Map Image

How Can I Provide Input/Get Involved?

The City is hosting a number of neighborhood meetings to hear feedback on this project and discuss possible routes. Each meeting will feature an optional bike ride during the first hour, with a public meeting the second hour. At the meeting, attendees will be able to see a map of possible routes, learn more about the project, ask questions of City staff and the consultants, and provide comments. An online survey will also be added to this website in the future to receive feedback.

  • Saturday, 10/27, 10am-12pm (Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St): Bike Tour 10-11am, Meeting 11am-12pm (Routes: Watts, Markham/Trinity, and Glendale)
  • Sunday, 10/28, 1-3pm (Lyon Park Pavilion, 1200 W Lakewood Ave): Bike Tour 1-2pm, Meeting 2pm-3pm (Routes: Hermitage, Arnette, Halley, and Moreland)
  • Saturday, 11/3, 10am-12pm (Former NIS Impact Team Building, 103 S Driver St): Bike Tour 10-11am, Meeting 11am-12pm (Routes: Dowd, Juniper, and Taylor)
  • Sunday, 11/4, 1pm-3pm (North Carolina Central University, Student Union Room 146): Bike Tour 1-2pm, Meeting 2pm-3pm (Routes: Lincoln, Umstead, and Enterprise)

In addition, Bike Durham is hosting a community meeting focused on bicycle boulevards on Monday, October 22 from 6:30-8pm at Durty Bull Brewing. Another public meeting in Decembewill feature the final route map, branding options, and discussion of other design elements.