Durham Bike+Walk Implementation Plan

The Bike+Walk Implementation Plan is a document that guides the department in prioritizing bicycle lane, sidewalk, and multi-use path needs around the city. The Plan combined previous separate bicycle and pedestrian plans into one in order to help guide and create a better, safer future for walkers and bikers. The final plan (PDF) was adopted by City Council on May 15th, 2017. Thanks to everyone who provided input during this planning process.

The Bike+Walk Plan identified four types of projects: 

  • Bike Corridors are projects to restripe or construct new bike lanes or sidepaths.  
  • Pedestrian Corridors are projects to construct new sidewalks.  
  • Sidewalk Gaps are projects that fill in small gaps in the sidewalk network.  Most sidewalk gaps range between 200' and 1000' in length.  
  • Intersections are projects that improve pedestrian and/or bicyclist safety at intersections (e.g. crosswalks, bike box, pedestrian signal).  

PLAN IMPLEMENTATION - CURRENT PROGRESS

Bike+Walk Plan implementation is summarized in the following chart by project type. The status of individual Bike+Walk projects is provided in the table below the chart.

chart showing implementation progress for the Bike+Walk Implementation Plan

Project TypeFacilityProject NameStatusEstimated FY CompleteProject IDB+W Plan Page

Corridor, Bike

Bike Lane

Liberty St BL Dillard St to Miami Blvd

Design

FY19-20

C-5605E

93

Corridor, Bike

Northbound Bike Route

Watts St Bike Blvd Club Blvd to Morgan St

Design

FY19-20

C-5605I

113

Corridor, Bike

Shared Use Path

Fulton St SUP NC 147 to Pratt St

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

81

Corridor, Bike

Buffered Bike Lane

Club BL and SW Washington to Broad

Not Funded

TBD

none

69

Corridor, Bike

Buffered Bike Lane

Morgan St BBL Great Jones St to Main St

Not Funded

TBD

none

97

Corridor, Bike

Shared Use Path

University Dr BBL Garrett Rd to Academy Dr

Not Funded

TBD

none

111

Corridor, Bike

Bike Lane

Chapel Hill St BL Ramseur St to Swift Ave

Not Funded

TBD

none

65

Corridor, Bike

Buffered Bike Lane

Foster St/Corcoran/Blackwell BBL and SL ATT to Trinity Ave

Not Funded

TBD

none

79

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

SW Durham Dr SW Durham Chapel Hill to Old Chapel Hill

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

75

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Clayton Rd and Freeman Rd SW Chandler Rd to Obsidian Way

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW-66

67

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Hillsborough Rd SW Bus Stop to N LaSalle St

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW-66

85

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Holloway St SW Gary Ave to Guthrie Ave

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW-66

89

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Old Oxford Rd SW N Roxboro St to Dearborn Dr

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW-66

105

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Corporation St SW N Duke St to Mangum St

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW-66

73

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Pettigrew/Bacon SW Briggs to  Alston

Not Funded

TBD

none

107

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Holloway SW Chandler to Junction

Not Funded

TBD

none

87

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

NC 55 SW Riddle to Cornwallis

Not Funded

TBD

none

103

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

NC 54 SW NC 55 to Fayetteville

Not Funded

TBD

none

99

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Miami SW Existing Sidewalk/New Haven to Cornwallis

Not Funded

TBD

none

95

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Cornwallis SW Existing Sidewalk/Fayetteville to NC 55

Not Funded

TBD

none

71

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

NC 55 SW NC 54 to Carpenter Fletcher

Not Funded

TBD

none

101

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Horton SW Roxboro to Guess

Not Funded

TBD

none

91

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Fayetteville SW Lawson to Main

Not Funded

TBD

none

77

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

N Roxboro Street SW Milton Rd to Pacific Ave

Not Funded

TBD

none

109

Corridor, Pedestrian

Sidewalk

Hardee St SW Cheek to Holloway

Not Funded

TBD

none

83

Intersection

Intersection

Foster & Trinity

Complete

FY19-20

 

114

Intersection

Intersection

Mangum & Dillard

Complete

FY19-20

 

115

Intersection

Intersection

15-501 Business & Tower

Complete

FY19-20

 

124

Intersection

Intersection

Lawson & Ridgeway

Complete

FY19-20

 

127

Intersection

Intersection

Broad & Markham

Complete

FY18-19

 

134

Intersection

Intersection

Blackwell & Morehead

Complete Partial

FY20-21

 

117

Intersection

Intersection

Holloway & Miami

Construction

FY20-21

 

120

Intersection

Intersection

Miami & Raynor

Construction

FY20-21

 

120

Intersection

Intersection

Holloway & Raynor

Construction

FY20-21

 

120

Intersection

Intersection

15-501 Business & Hope_Valley

Construction

FY20-21

 

121

Intersection

Intersection

15-501 Business & James

Construction

FY20-21

 

122

Intersection

Intersection

Oakwood & Holloway

Construction

FY20-21

 

136

Intersection

Intersection

Roxboro & Jackie Robinson

Design

FY22-23 or later

 

116

Intersection

Intersection

Roxboro & Morehead

Design

FY22-23 or later

 

116

Intersection

Intersection

Blackwell & Jackie Robinson

Design

FY20-21

 

117

Intersection

Intersection

Swift & NC 147

Design

FY20-21

 

118

Intersection

Intersection

Swift & Caswell

Design

FY20-21

 

118

Intersection

Intersection

Swift/Broad & Pettigrew & Main

Design

FY20-21

 

119

Intersection

Intersection

Club & Roxboro

Design

FY22-23 or later

 

132

Intersection

Intersection

Avondale & Roxboro

Design

FY22-23 or later

 

135

Intersection

Intersection

Alston & Cornwallis

Not Funded

FY22-23 or later

 

123

Intersection

Intersection

Fayetteville & Herndon

Not Funded

FY22-23 or later

 

125

Intersection

Intersection

Cornwallis & NC-55

Not Funded

FY21-22

 

128

Intersection

Intersection

Mineral Springs & NC-98

Not Funded

FY21-22

 

129

Intersection

Intersection

Academy & Cameron

Not Funded

FY21-22

 

130

Intersection

Intersection

US 15-501 & Mt. Moriah

Not Funded

FY22-23 or later

 

131

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Cooper St SW Existing Sidewalk to Existing Sidewalk

Complete

FY19-20

SW-70

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

University SW Existing Sidewalk to Lakewood Ave

Complete

FY19-20

SW-70

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Morehead Ave SW Morehead Ave to Mangum St

Complete

FY19-20

SW-70

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Green St SW Existing Sidewalk to Iredell St

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Cook Rd SW Existing Sidewalk to ATT

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Ashe St SW Guthrie Ave to Existing sidewalk

Complete

FY17-18

none

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Juliette Dr SW Existing Sidewalk to Roxboro St

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Miami Blvd SW Existing Sidewalk to Slater

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Gregson SW Northgate Mall to Existing Sidewalk

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Fayetteville St SW Hillside HS to Existing Sidewalk

Complete

FY17-18

SW-64

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Broad St SW Forest Rd to Hillcrest Dr

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Holt School Rd SW Existing Sidewalk to Newby Dr

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

North Pointe Dr SW Existing Sidewalk to Existing Sidewalk

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Fayetteville St SW Gap at Mt Zion Daycare

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Stadium Dr SW N Duke St to Olympic Ave

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Raynor St SW Holloway St to Liberty St

Design

FY21-22

SW-68

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Leon St SW Existing Sidewalk to Existing Sidewalk

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Hunt St SW Mangum St to Rigsbee St

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

S Elm St SW Dale St to E Main St

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Lumley Rd SW Existing Sidewalk Sagebrush Ln to Existing Sidewalk

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Pickett Rd SW Ashland Dr to Lindenshire Dr

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

S Cheek Rd SW Andover Dr  to N Hardee St

Right-of-way

FY21-22

SW Gaps 3

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Ramseur St SW Mangum to Corcoran

Not Funded

TBD

none

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Main St SW Broad St to Ninth St

Not Funded

TBD

none

138

Sidewalk Gap

Sidewalk

Duke University Rd SW Wannamaker to Cameron Dr

Not Funded

TBD

none

138

Many of the sidewalk and bike lane projects in the City that are currently in design pre-date the Bike+Walk Plan. You can see a full list of active bike and pedestrian projects in Durham in our Current Projects table.  All existing and future pedestrian and bike facilities are also mapped out on our Maps page. Staff continues to work on how best to phase, fund, and design the other projects identified in the plan. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Description of Phases

Planning: During the planning process, the City works with the community to identify and evaluate options for improving bike and pedestrian conditions. A combination of public input and needs analysis are used to identify priority projects that improve bike and pedestrian facilities in the City. The planning phase ends with the adoption of the plan by the City Council.

Not Funded: After the plan is adopted, funding must be identified to design and construct the priority bike and pedestrian projects identified in the plan. Priority projects listed as “Not Funded” are priorities in an adopted plan, but not yet funded.  Large corridor projects that involve the construction of sidewalks or sidepaths are often funded with a combination of federal and City funding.  Smaller sidewalk gap, intersection, and bike lane re-striping projects are often locally funded by the City. 

Design: The City hires a design consultant or uses an in-house team to draft detailed plans and specifications needed to construction the priority project identified in the planning process. Public involvement is conducted early in the design process to collect input on preliminary designs.

Right-of-way: The City acquires the property rights needed to build and maintain bike and pedestrian facilities outside of the right-of-way.

Utility relocation: During this phase, utility infrastructure, (e.g. overhead power lines, water and sewer lines, underground gas lines) are moved as needed to make way for sidewalk or sidepath construction. 

Bid: The City uses a competitive bidding process to procure the services of contractors as needed to build the project. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. 

Construction: The contractor is responsible for building the project according to the prepared plans and specifications.  The contractor must also work with utilities to minimize service disruption, prevent soil erosion, ensure mail service is not disrupted, manage traffic impacts from the project, and protect all public and private property in the work area. At the start of this phase, residents, property owners, business owners and other stakeholders in the vicinity of the construction site are notified when work is expected to begin and end.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The City of Durham's Transportation Department  updated and combined the 2006 Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and the 2006 DurhamWalks Plan into one document focused on implementation.  Working with consultants from Stantec, Toole Design, and Mobycon, the plan helped the City determine which bicycle and pedestrian facilities are the most critically needed to improve safety, connectivity, and quality of life.  It also helped the City identify the best funding strategy to streamline the process of design and implementation.

During the summer of 2016, public input was sought on biking and walking conditions in Durham. The identified facility needs (420 miles of sidewalk opportunities, 453 miles of bicycle opportunities, and 480 intersections) were then submitted into a prioritization model. Based on input from the plan's steering committee and surveys, four prioritization categories were used: safety, connectivity, demand, and equity. These categories included metrics such as number of crashes, proximity to schools/parks/employment/transit, commercial land use, population density, poverty, speed limits, and facility connections. Results of this first round prioritization can be found here (pedestrian/intersection) and here (bicycle). The projects are in groups of 100, with 1-100 being the top scoring projects.

The top scoring segments underwent a second round of prioritization to analyze issues such as constructability, feasibility, and cost-benefit. This prioritization process helped identify 25 corridor projects, 25 gap projects, and 25 intersection projects. Recommendations for these projects were developed by the consultant using input from residents, stakeholders and City staff.