What are protected bike lanes?
Protected bike lanes come in many forms, but all create a safe and comfortable space for cyclists to ride by physically separating the bike lane from both vehicular traffic and pedestrians on the sidewalk. Protected bike lanes reduce the risk of a cyclist or micro-mobility user being struck by a moving vehicle or by a vehicle passenger opening a door.
What are parking protected bike lanes?
Parking protected bike lanes are on-street biking facilities that are separated by parking. Typically, a buffer is created between the bike facility and the parking spaces. The buffer may be as simple as pavement markings between the parking space and the bike lane, or it can include something more prominent such as physical bollards, planters, curbs, etc. Below is an example of what a parking protected bike lane may look like:
Worcester is the second largest city in New England and has a few on-street bike lane facilities to offer its residents. To make our streets safer for all users, we need to create better and safer facilities for our residents and visitors who travel by bike or micro-mobility devices for work, school, shopping and recreation. We are installing our first parking protected bike lane during the fall of 2023 on Mill Street! However, with anything new, we must also learn how to use them. Whether you're new to biking or have been biking for some time, walk, drive or stroll around the City, here's a guide on how to use protected bike lanes:
Riding a Bike or Other Form of Micro-Mobility (e.g. Electric Scooter):
Parking in a bike lane or buffer is prohibited. Bike lanes are designed for cyclists and micro-mobility users, not motor vehicles. Parking protected bike lanes offer parking adjacent to the bike lane. You cannot park past the buffer because it obstructs the bike lane. See visual demonstration below: