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Safe Streets Glossary

What is the Safe Streets Glossary?

It’s our way of sharing some knowledge on roadway interventions that make our streets safer for all users. Scroll through to learn about bicycle and pedestrian facilities that you may have seen but might not be sure exactly what they are or how they work. We describe the purpose of each facility, why it’s important, and highlight local examples where applicable. If you’re an advocate for safer, more equitable, and all-around better transportation, the Safe Streets Glossary is the resource for you!

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Types of Bike Lanes (aka Bike Facilities)

Bikes are a vital part of a healthy, sustainable and connected community. Quality bike and pedestrian networks aid economic activity and help people live a car-optional life. Here are some important ideas to understand bike infrastructure.


Pedestrian Facilities

Just like people on bikes, people walking benefit from specific road and walkway improvements. Below are some great examples of pedestrian facilities that help people get around in a stroller, a wheelchair, or on their feet. Oh, and there may be some bike stuff mixed in here as well!