The campus bike network should consist of clearly marked primary bikeways, secondary bikeways and shared-use paths. Primary bikeways should be designated by either an on-street bike lane or signed, marked shared roadways. Bike lane design should meet state minimum standards (4 feet wide), but to promote safety, recommended bike lanes widths should be designed to national guidelines (5 feet wide). Conventional and buffered bicycle lanes could be considered for campus roads.
Secondary bikeways should be designated by signed, marked shared roadways. Shared roadways signs and lane marking should be clearly visible to help promote safety and communicate preferred bicycle circulation. Pavement markings are preferably paced in the center of the travel lane to minimize wear and to promote single file travel. Shared use paths should be wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic, as well as accommodate the needs and minimize conflicts between pedestrians and bicyclists.
Shared-use paths are another type of bikeway intended for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. As a recreational feature of the campus bikeway network, they provide connections between destinations on campus as well as become their own recreation destination. Shared-use paths are typically designed for cycling at slower speeds than on-street bikeways.
There are places on the campus where a shared-use path will enhance bicycle recreation opportunities and circulation on campus. Developing the trail found along the dike, stretching from the Madren Center, crossing Old Greenville Highway to the University and City property line will provide a long path for bicyclists to use and enjoy. Other shared-use paths include: the continuation of Jervey Meadows past the baseball diamond, connecting to East Beach Drive; connect through Calhoun Courts, connecting Morrison St. to McMillan and Cherry St; near Lee Hall, connecting Fernow Street with Lambda Street; around Lehotsky Hall and Poole Agricultural Center area and on the eastern edge of campus, east of Hwy 76; and through the southern portion of the Douthit Hills development.
Dismount Zones, areas where there is high pedestrian activity and it may not be appropriate for bicyclist to ride, also have a place. There are two areas on campus where this bikeway facility may be found: the plaza behind Cooper Library and the Pedestrian Bridge by the Lightsey Bridge Apartments. Policies to enforce and inform the campus community should be established, including sign placement and content.