Bicycle and Pedestrian
Nonmotorized, or active transportation is a low-cost, healthy and sustainable form of transportation that accommodates almost all users. A multi-modal transportation system integrates safe, accessible and efficient facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists, both as part of the road and transit network and as stand-alone infrastructure.
Trails + Greenways: Technically referred to as a shared–use path, trails and greenways complement the roadway system by providing a low–stress environments for bicycling and walking separated from vehicular traffic. Shared–use paths accommodate a range of users: bicyclists, joggers, in–line skaters, people walking dogs, people with disabilities, babies in strollers and equestrians.
Due to their popularity and diverse user mix, shared use paths can become congested, with conflictive conditions similar to busy streets. Therefore, planning and design of shared–use paths must be done with the same care and attention to recognized guidelines and user needs as the design of on–roadway bikeways and other transportation facilities.
In the Greater Bridgeport Region, our trails and greenways have the added benefit of connecting people with the region’s incredible natural diversity.
Complete Streets: A complete street is designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Integrating the complete streets model into the transportation system requires changes in roadway planning and design to ensure safe and efficient access for all users. Elements of a complete street include:
- Bicycle facilities: bicycle routes and lanes, signage, bicycle racks, and appropriate pavement markings and symbols.
- Bus features and amenities: bus pullouts, shelters, and clear and accessible paths.
- Pedestrian enhancements: crosswalks, signal enhancements, curb ramps, and sidewalks.
- Traffic calming actions: textured material, intersection bump-outs, curb extensions, center refuge islands, and raised intersection tables.
- Streetscape environment: appropriate trees, landscaping, bio-swales and rain gardens, permeable paving material, and buffers between the street and sidewalk.
- ADA compliant features: curb ramps, detectable tactile cues and warnings, accessible pedestrian signals, and longer walk intervals.
- On-street parking treatments: delineated parking spaces and curb/sidewalk bumpouts.
- Access management: driveway consolidations, modifications and closures.