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.