Bikeway Types

Oakland's Bikeway Network includes the following types of bikeways

Posted: August 31st, 2018 3:44 PM

Last Updated: February 2nd, 2023 3:21 PM

Bike Paths (Class 1) are paved rights-of-way completely separated from streets. Bike paths are often located along waterfronts, creeks, railroad rights-of-way or freeways with a limited number of cross streets and driveways. These paths are typically shared with pedestrians and often called mixed-use paths.

Bike Lanes (Class 2) are on-street facilities designated for bicyclists using stripes and stencils. Bike lanes are the preferred treatment for all arterial and collector streets on the bikeway network, and not typically installed on low-volume, low-speed residential streets.

Buffered Bike Lanes (Class 2B) include buffer striping to provide greater separation between bicyclists and parked or moving vehicles.

Bike Routes (Class 3)
are streets designated for bicycle travel and shared with motor vehicles. Streets are designated as bike routes because they are suitable for sharing with motor vehicles and/or provide better (or needed) connectivity than other streets. Routes are marked with signs and/or shared lane bicycle (aka "sharrow") pavement markings intended to encourage bicyclists to ride clear of the “door zone” and to alert motorists to expect bicyclists to occupy the full lane.

Neighborhood Bike Routes, aka Bike Boulevards (Class 3B) are bike routes on residential streets that prioritize through trips for bicyclists. Traffic calming is included as needed to discourage drivers from using the street as a through route. Oakland's Bike Boulevards are marked sharrows and signage.

Separated Bike Lanes (Class 4), also known as cycle tracks, provide space that is for bicyclists and separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Parked cars, curbs, bollards, or planter boxes provide physical separation between bicyclists and moving cars. Where on-street parking is allowed, it is placed between the bikeway and the travel lanes (rather than between the bikeway and the sidewalk, as is typical for Class 2 bike lanes). Phase 1 of the Telegraph Ave Complete Streets Implementation Plan constructed the first parking-protected bike lane in Oakland in May 2016.

Depending on street characteristics, there may be a different bikeway type in each direction. Also see OakDOT Design Details for Transportation Facilities and Oakland's Neighborhood Bike Route Implementation Guide.