Riding Around Town

Using Protected Bikeways (Cycle Track)

What is a Cycle Track?

Rendering of N St cycle track

Rendering of N St. Cycle Track

A cycle track, also known as a protected bikeway, combines the user experience of a separated path with a conventional bike lane. Unlike a bike lane, however, a cycle track offers protection from traffic using grade separation, bollards, curbs, parked cars, a landscaped area or some other kind of physical barrier. A cycle track is also physically separated distinct from the sidewalk. Widely used in many European countries, cycle tracks are becoming popular in may US cities because they offer the safety and comfort of a separated path with the convenience of a bike lane.

Instructions on How to Use Cycle Tracks

Lincoln will be constructing a 2.2 mile two-way cycle track on one side of N Street from the Jamaica North Trail in West Haymarket to the Billy Wolf Trail in Antelope Valley.

  • Watch for turning vehicles when approaching intersections, driveways and alleys.
  • Be alert for passing bicyclists within the bike lane and for pedestrians crossing the bike lane to access parked motor vehicles.
  • Be aware that the bike lane may weave as it approaches intersections to make bicyclists more visible to motorists.
  • Stay to the right and allow faster users to pass safely.
  • Yield to pedestrians and wheelchair users who may be crossing the road and cycle track and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
  • Watch and listen for cycle track users traveling from either direction just as you would when crossing a street.
  • Cross cycle track at crosswalks.
  • Be alert for nearby cyclists when crossing a cycle track to access a parked vehicle.
  • Park in the marked lane between the travel lane and the bike lane in instances where on-street parking is available.
  • Take extra caution and look both ways before turning across the bike lane at intersections, driveways and alleys, especially when the barrier protected bike lane is protected by on-street parking.
  • Watch for people on bikes traveling in both directions - the cycle track is two-way.
  • Remember through bicyclists have the right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections, driveways and alleys.
  • Don't drive in a cycle track. You can turn across a cycle track, but must yield to people riding bicycles.
  • Scooters and mopeds are not permitted in to use the cycle track.