What are Cycle Tracks?
Cycle tracks are dedicated cycling facilities that are located alongside the road but are physically separated from vehicular traffic by either a curb or buffer space. Depending on the style of cycle track, they may be at the same or different level as the sidewalk.
Cycle tracks are for cycling only and are distinct from sidewalks as they are made of asphalt, whereas sidewalks are made of concrete.
Cycle tracks are predominantly one-way and typically follow the direction of traffic.
Cycle tracks provide a number of benefits over conventional bike lanes as they:
- Provide a safer and more attractive option for cycling than do shared lanes or painted bike lanes
- Reduce cycling collisions involving parked cars and the opportunity of “dooring” collisions
- Reduce obstructions caused by parked / stopped motor vehicles
- Provide greater distance between motor vehicles and bicycles
- Appeal to a wider cross-section of bicycle users
What do Cycle Tracks Look Like?
Cycle Tracks are adjacent to vehicle travel lanes and physically separated from motor vehicle traffic through the use of a combination of curbs, buffers, and bollards.
Cycle Tracks in London
Cycle tracks were a key recommendation of the Cycling Master Plan, and provide for enhanced cyclist comfort and connectivity in the downtown. London’s first cycle track is being built on Colborne Street, between Dufferin Avenue and Horton Street.