Cycle signals are traffic signals designed specifically for cyclists. They can be used at any intersection, especially on high volume streets and cycle streets. Cycle signals improve safety and confidence for cyclists at places with large volumes of vehicular traffic or conflict. Cycle signals—particularly those associated with protected facilities—should be part of the normal signal cycle. If signals are actuated, use automatic detection. Avoid the use of push-button activation in urban settings.
Wayfinding, Signages and Markings
Wayfinding, signage, and markings are elements that identify cycle routes to reach major destinations or connecting cycle facilities. These include signs with directions, specially designed street signs, and markings on the road. When well-designed and comprehensive, they serve cyclists at a level similar to transit wayfinding and highway signs. They increase confidence and signal to drivers that they are on a cycle route and should exercise caution.
Cycle Share Stations
Cycle share stations are special cycle racks that act as places to pick up or drop off cycle share bicycles. In many cases, these are connected sets of docks with significant physical presence. Cycle share stations can be an integral part of cycle-friendly streets, allowing for spontaneous trips, and serving as traffic calming measures or providing additional protection from motor vehicles. They should be placed near cycle infrastructure and be clearly visible to pedestrians.
Cycle Bridges and Underpasses
While at-grade facilities for cycles are strongly preferred, sometimes bridges or underpasses can provide direct access for cyclists to cross a waterbody or a rail-road track. They also can improve cycle comfort in climates with extreme temperatures. These should be well-designed, well-lit, and properly maintained to ensure that they are a useful part of the cycle network. Grade changes at bridges should be kept to a minimum. If grade change is substantial, underpasses are preferred for high volume routes since they allow acceleration upon descent.