Separated Bike Lanes Webinar Series

Part I: Planning for Separated Bike Lanes
June 7, 2016


Part II: Design Considerations for Separated Bike Lanes
June 14, 2016


Separated bike lanes are gaining popularity in communities across the country. Also known as "cycle tracks" or "protected bike lanes," a separated bike lane is an exclusive facility for bicyclists that is located within or directly adjacent to the roadway and that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element. FHWA recently released the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide to provide detailed information and recommendations about when, where, and how to incorporate these facilities as part of the development of safe, comfortable, and connected bicycle networks.

This two-part webinar series led attendees through the process of evaluating potential locations for separated bike lanes, preparing designs and configurations using the available options, and monitoring the system's performance following implementation. Presentations were delivered by Carl Sundstrom, of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Ben Rosenblatt, of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants. Dan Goodman, of the Federal Highway Administration, kicked off both sessions with an overview of FHWA's initiatives to support bicycle networks.

Part I focused on planning separated bike lanes. Panelists emphasized the importance of considering separated bike lanes not as standalone projects, but as components of the larger bicycle network. It is important to consider a variety of factors when selecting locations and configurations of a proposed separate bike lane. To provide real-world context to this discussion, Part I featured a presentation from Kyle Rowe, with the City of Seattle, to discuss their projects.

Part II of the webinar series covered a range of design options and considerations. The presentation will emphasize the importance of flexibility in considering all possible design solutions, and will point attendees toward a menu of design options. The presentation addressed specific design considerations for midblock locations and intersections. This session featured a case study presentation from Mike Amsden, who will share experiences from the City of Chicago, Illinois.

Both of the webinars in this series included a discussion period with the panelists following the presentations.


  • Dan Goodman, Federal Highway Administration
  • Carl Sundstrom, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
  • Ben Rosenblatt, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants
  • Kyle Rowe, with the City of Seattle
  • Mike Amsden, City of Chicago

Webinar Resources

Part I: Planning for Separated Bike Lanes

Download Part 1 Presentation Slides (PDF)

Download the Webinar (MP4)

Part II: Design Considerations for Separated Bike Lanes

Download Part 2 Presentation Slides (PDF)

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