There are approximately 4.24 miles of existing bikeways on campus. Bikeways were installed on a few campus roads in the mid 1990’s with an ISTEA grant from the federal government based on 1992 Campus Master Plan recommendations. Bike lanes exist along the far western and eastern sections of Old Greenville Highway within Clemson University Campus boundaries and along the western half of Perimeter Road as shown on the map. Old Greenville Highway is designated as a shared roadway from the intersection of Cherry Road to the intersection of Perimeter Road.
The condition of the bikeways on campus ranges from debris-free and clearly designated to poorly signed, debris covered and narrow. The shared roadway, which runs for one mile along Old Greenville Highway, is designated by only one “Share the Road” sign. Speed limits on Perimeter Road range from 35 mph to 45 mph. The table below contains photos of some of the existing bikeways conditions on campus roads. The conditions are listed below and range from good to poor. The photos are useful in identifying the characteristics of good and poor bikeways conditions.
|Photographs of Existing Bike Lanes and Conditions on Campus|
Old Greenville Hwy.
Good Pavement Marking. Debris-Free Bike Lane.
Road Debris. Hidden Sign.
Poor pavement condition.
Raised/uneven bike lane.
Old Greenville Hwy
Lacks Signs, Shared Lane Markings
To get a better understanding of campus roadway design and conditions, a roadway cross-section inventory was completed for several roads. Each cross section spans the roadway, and includes sidewalk, shoulder, parallel parking spots, bike lane and travel lane widths, if they are present. Recording this information is helpful in seeing how the road width and design changes and can show how the condition can shape the feeling of traveling by car, bike or on foot.
Results from the inventory show that many roads have varying shoulder, traffic lane and parallel parking widths over short distances. This can make traveling by bicycle difficult. If a bicyclist has to merge from the shoulder to sharing the travel lane in a short distance with no visible signage or pavement markings communicating expected behavior, this can create an unsafe condition on the roadway. Inconsistencies like this along a roadway can create an unsafe environment for bicyclists if their place is not clearly designated.
There are a couple of places on campus where this occurs. For example, along Cherry Road, which is less than a mile long, there are at least 5 different roadway widths and conditions. Perimeter Road, from Old Greenville Highway to Cherry Road, also has a number of inconsistencies and road condition changes that may lead to an unsafe feeling for bicyclists. A cross section of Perimeter Road is shown on the following page. More consistency in road, shoulder and parallel parking striping efforts can dramatically affect on-road bikeway facilities. Please see Appendix C for more on campus roadway cross sections.