All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Facilities

What is an all ages and abilities bicycle facility?

Bicycle facilities that serve all ages and abilities provide a comfortable separation from motor vehicles and focus on intersection safety.  These facilities include:

  • Off-street trails - facilitates for two-way off-street bicycle use that may also be used by pedestrians, skaters, joggers, and other non-motorized users.
  • Cycle tracks (Protected Bicycle Lanes) - facilities physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and distinct from the sidewalk; they may be one-way or two-way, and may be at street level or raised several inches above.
  • Neighborhood greenways - residential streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speeds that are designated and designed to give bicycle and pedestrian safe and pleasant travel priority.

A child and adult bike along the Westlake Cycle Track in Seattle

Where all ages and abilities bicycle facilities should be prioritized?

All ages and abilities bicycle facilities should be prioritized on streets suggested by the City of Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The Seattle Department of Transportation creates five-year implementation plans that are updated yearly. Bicycle projects are prioritized and scored based on safety, connectivity, equity, ridership, and livability.

Primary departments invested in all ages and abilities bicycle facilities

  • Seattle Department of Transportation

Estimated cost*

$-$$$$ depending on facility type and length of facility

* Cost levels:
$ = Under $100,000
$$ = $100,001-$500,000
$$$ = $500,001-$1,000,000
$$$$= Over $1,000,001

Resources

Seattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Master Plan and links to Implementation Plans
Seattle Streets Illustrated Bicycle Design Standards