Part of: Design Principles of Cycling [Draft Version]

Principle 6: How to Design Off-Street Paths?

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An off-street trail is a path provided in a location away from the main street, which is exclusive to bicycles and pedestrians. Off street trails are sometimes called greenways or green routes and located on linear corridors, parks, utility or former rail corridors, along streams or waterfronts.

Access to the off-street trail should be:

  • responsive to the environment
  • adaptive to the territory
  • connected to short-distance public transportation and streets

Radial and circular footpaths and bike paths should be available as part of the off-street trail. 

Design principles for safety in three types of off-street trails:
multi-useseparated and segregated dual tread with widths