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BikeTexas Benchmark Study
|BikeTexas is currently undertaking a benchmarking study that will determine the baseline for bicyclist and pedestrian issues. This study will assess over 30 of Texas' largest cities on issues like pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, education and advocacy programs, funding, mode share, and safety. By doing an inventory of the innovations being made in cities across Texas, these cities will be able to learn from one another and see first hand how these ideas can be applied to their cities.
As educational reference material, BikeTexas has compiled informative web pages of bicycle terminology. The links explain innovative ideas in further detail to help city officials complete the survey, and to generally inform the public. All of these pages can be found in question form in the BikeTexas Benchmarking Study. The numbers of each link correspond directly to their number in the Benchmarking Survey. Each link provides imagery and a brief explanation to each term.
Secure bike parking consists of a covered space in combination with a lock or attendant. Secure bike parking can be a designated indoor bike parking and locking system, bike cage in a parking garage, or even a designated bike space inside an office. www.sfbike.org/parking
A bicycle accommodation policy is similar to the complete streets policy, but usually with less requirements. The policy is meant to encourage bicycle accessibility in new designs. http://www.aot.state.vt.us/planning/Documents/Planning/VTBPPP2-10-08Final.pdf
The SafeCyclist Curriculum is a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian safety education curriculum designed for fourth and fifth grade elementary students. The SafeCyclist Certification Training provides teachers and youth community workers with bicycle and pedestrian safety skills and the curriculum needed to teach these life saving skills to their students.
Storm grates that run Parallel to the street can be a major hazard for cyclists. If the spacing is wide enough, a front tire can easily get stuck in the grate causing a crash or damaged rim. Flickr: Bfinnegan
Bus Bicycle Racks allow users to travel long distances with their bike and not break a sweat. Common bus bicycle racks only have two spaces for bicycles. Flickr: Richard Masoner
A separate bike lane is used to protect cyclists from vehicular traffic. The lane is at the same level at the street but is usually separated by a concrete curb, planters, bollards, pylons, etc. Sometimes these are referred to as cycletracks or protected bikeways.
Bike lockers offer secure protection from theft and the elements. Flickr: Ross Mayfield
Singletrack paths are one bike width wide. These tracks are typically found in natural settings and are used by mountain and other off-road bikes. Singletrack paths are ideal for mountain bikers because the paths are not wide enough for four wheelers which could potentially present a dangerous conflict to cyclists.