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Separated bicycle lanes (also known as cycle tracks or protected bicycle lanes) are exclusive facilities for bicyclists that are separated from motor vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Separated bicycle lanes are a fixture of bicycle networks in many countries with high rates of cycling, and interest in and construction of separated bicycle lanes is growing in Minnesota and across the country.

The release of the FHWA’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide provides design guidance but also allows for flexibility in design that would benefit from additional discussion. This course will address planning, design, safety, and operations concerns of separated bicycle lanes and protected intersections based on the FHWA’s newly released design guidance and other resources such as MassDOT's Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide.

The course will include a field visit, so attendees should come prepared to be outside for part of the class.

Date and Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • Identification of planning-level guidelines to determine need and type of bicycle facilities to include in road design projects
  • Tools available for safety analysis of separated bicycle lanes and the limitations of those tools
  • Designing separated bicycle lanes around features such as bus stops, driveways, etc.
  • General intersection design and operations
  • Protected intersection design and operations

Who Should Attend

Engineers, designers, planners, and traffic operations professionals.

More Information

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For program information, please contact Melissa Barnes, MnDOT, at or 651-234-7376.


This workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and hosted by Minnesota LTAP.