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Report: Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design
Report: Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design

A new report, "Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design," provides the first in-depth guide to bike boulevards—low volume, low speed streets that have been optimized for bike travel.


This report serves as a planning and conceptual design guide for planners, engineers, citizens, advocates, and decision makers who are considering bicycle boulevards in their community. Data for this guide was developed from literature review, case study interviews, and input from a panel of professional experts.


The lead author on the report was Lindsay Walker, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student, as a requirement for graduate coursework in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University. Walker received a scholarship, support, and oversight from community partner Alta Planning + Design. Walker's work has been reviewed by and approved for distribution by the course instructor, contributed to by national experts from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and a steering committee of Portland-based practitioners.


The 95-page report is available as an Adobe PDF download here (file size: 8.4 MB). The guide includes:

  • An introduction to the bike boulevard concept;
  • Information on bicycle boulevard planning, including considerations for route selection, public involvement, and funding;
  • Information on design elements commonly used on bicycle boulevards including descriptions, design and implementation recommendations, images, and cost range estimates as available;
  • Marketing, maintenance, and safety considerations for bicycle boulevards;
  • Individual case studies of bicycle boulevards from across the United States;
  • Additional resources, including a bicycle boulevard audit.