Greenways are similar to side paths in that they are 10 to 14-foot wide, paved paths designed to accommodate both pedestrians and bicycles. Whereas side paths are next to streets, Greenways are located along natural features, rail lines, or utility corridors. They generally have fewer road crossings and therefore fewer conflict points.greenway

Greenway Positives

  • Scenic
  • Can create connections where none exist

Greenway Negatives

  • Separate Right of Way is hard to acquire and maintain
  • Mix bike and pedestrian traffic, making high speed bike riding dangerous

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Side Path

Side Paths, also referred to as multi-use paths or shared-use paths, are 8 to 14 foot wide paved sidewalks designed to accommodate both bicycles and pedestrians. Like sidewalks, side paths are located next to streets, usually separated by landscaping. Remember, having a side path does not prevent any user from biking in the street. Side Paths are usually built when one or more of the following exist:

  • The adjacent street is narrowsidepath
  • The street has high traffic volumes and/or speeds
  • There are few street and driveway crossings
  • Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is expected to be high
Side Path Positives
  • Desirable for walkers, runners, youth and novice bicyclists, and recreation
  • Physical separation from motor vehicle traffic
Side Path Negatives
  • Cause bikes to ride against the normal flow of traffic
  • Mix bike and pedestrian traffic, making high speed bike riding dangerous

bikelaneBike Lane

A bike lane is a portion of the roadway that has been designated by striping, pavement markings, and signs for the exclusive use of bicyclists. Bike lanes allow cyclists to ride at a comfortable speed without interfering with other traffic. Bike lanes help to make drivers aware of bicyclists’ right to the street and facilitate predictable behavior and movements between cyclists and motorists. A bike lane is usually located adjacent to the vehicle travel lane on the right side of the street.

Bike Lane Positives
  • Separates different modes of traffic traveling at different speeds
  • Gives bikes dedicated space to follow the correct traffic pattern
Bike Lane Negatives
  • No physical barrier between bike and motor vehicle traffic
  • Can feel less comfortable than separated paths


A “Sharrow” or Shared Lane Marking is a painted bicycle symbol and two chevrons on the travel lane. Bikes are allowed to use any street, but sharrows indicate an area where bicycle use is especially heavy. They are commonly used in cases where a street cannot accommodate a bike lane. Sharrows can also be used to show the recommended positioning of cyclists in a restricted area like an intersection.

Sharrow Positives
  • Alert motorists to the potential for cyclists
  • Reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic in the travel lane
Sharrow Negatives
  • No separation between bike and motor vehicle traffic

Signed Route

Signed bicycle routes are streets or roads that are recommended for use by both bicycle and motor vehicles without a designated facility. These routes are indicated exclusively by signage, and do not have a dedicated portion of pavement.

Types of Signs

bikewaysKosciusko County Bikeways

These signs identify bike routes in Kosciusko County. They were identified by the Kosciusko County Velo Cycling Club as recommended rides based on road conditions, scenic value, and destinations.

shareroadShare the Road

This sign is a simple reminder that bikes and automobiles have equal rights to the street and must respect each other’s use of the road.

fulllaneBikes May Use Full Lane

This sign is also a reminder to everyone that bikes have a right to as much space on the street as they need to ride safely.

bikerouteBike Route

This signifies a route as suitable for bike traffic.


This sign points to a destination and usually gives a distance in miles.

Signed Route Positives
  • Can provide key connections to destinations and trails where additional separation is not possible or not currently available
Signed Route Negatives
  • Informative only