Richfield’s Bicycle Master Plan is helping to safely connect residents of the City with its many amenities. Currently, there are about 29 existing miles of bike routes for residents who want to peddle to parks, shopping, and restaurants—with about 24 miles of additional routes coming! The additional bike routes will be placed on the streets that have undergone the mill and overlay project.
The City of Richfield has plenty of facilities for bicyclists of all ages and abilities:
- Share the road designations
- Protected bike lanes
- Buffered bike lanes
- Cycle tracks
Notice the Sharrows
You’ve probably seen these painted signs on Richfield streets. They’re sharrow markings, alerting everyone that the road is designed to be shared by bicyclists and cars. Sharrows, also known as shared lanes, are marked in order to:
- Alert drivers to the likely presence of bicyclists
- Provide a safe and consistent location for bicyclists (i.e., the bike is ridden right over the symbols!)
- Encourage safer practices for both drivers and bicyclists (i.e, communicating when passing is allowed, showing the correct direction, and drawing attention to bicyclists)
When using shared lanes, keep these guidelines in mind to optimize your safety.
- Follow the law: Obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Be predictable: Maintain a straight course and avoid weaving between parked cars.
- Communicate your intent: Look, yield to traffic, and signal before turning or changing lanes.
- Use extreme caution near commercial vehicles: Pass only on the left and recognize drivers’ blind spots.
- See and be seen: Wear bright colors and reflective gear, and use headlights and taillights.
- Protect yourself: Wear a helmet.
- Stick to roads and trails: Sidewalk riding puts you at risk of crashes at driveways and intersections. Always yield to pedestrians.
- Avoid distracted bicycling: Put away mobile devices and headphones.
Do you know how to maneuver through a roundabout when you’re on your bicycle? It’s easier than you think!
Cyclists have two options. Just as you would at a typical intersection, you can proceed as if you are in a vehicle (i.e., traveling in the same direction as traffic and following the rules of the road) or you can walk your bicycle across the crosswalk as a pedestrian. If you use the crosswalk, first check for approaching traffic and wait until there is a gap in traffic—or until all approaching traffic yields to you. Then walk your bike to the median island (the area at the center of the roundabout). Wait again at the crosswalk until it is safe to walk your bike across to the other side of the roundabout.