Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
Bicycle lane placed between curb and transit stop platform, Seattle, Washington
Source: Michael Hintze, Toole Design Group
The cost of installing bicycle facilities depends on the type and scope of a project, whether it be restriping, resurfacing, or reconstruction. The cost of striping a bike lane and markings on existing shoulders costs approximately $1,000-11,000 per mile. Retrofitting bicycle lanes by restriping pavement markings, using techniques such as lane diets or road diets (See Countermeasures 9. Roadway Narrowing, or 10. Lane Reduction for more information) can range from approximately $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, depending on the condition of the pavement; the need to eradicate and install new pavement markings, adjust signal timing, and add bicycle signal heads; as well as other site-specific factors.
Moving curb lines to create bicycle lanes or cycle tracks can be much more expensive then restriping. If shoulders must be added, the cost can be approximately $150,000-500,000 per mile (for both shoulders). Many times there are opportunities to “piggy-back” bicycle facility projects with resurfacing or reconstruction projects in order to optimize funds; bicycle lanes should be considered for all projects, especially during street reconstruction, street resurfacing, or during new developments.
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