Mobility - Bicycling Conditions on Rural Highways - WisDOT MAPSS Performance Improvement Program

WisDOT MAPSS - Mobility - Bicycling Conditions on Rural Highways - Delivering transportation choices that result in efficient trips and no unexpected delays.

Bicycling Conditions on Rural Highways - Delivering transportation choices that result in efficient trips and no unexpected delays.

All new highway construction and reconstruction projects funded with state or federal funds must give consideration to bikeways to serve the mobility and safety needs of those who cannot or choose not to drive. WisDOT's goal is to accommodate safe bicycling with best or moderate conditions on all eligible state and county highway projects. Learn about bicycling on Wisconsin roadways by visiting Wisconsin Bicycle Maps.

Bicycle travel is an essential component of a multimodal transportation system. The option to travel by bicycle is important for people too young to drive, people who cannot drive or people who choose not to drive. Monitoring rural highway conditions for bicycling helps planners and designers identify potential facility improvements for all modes of travel. This is especially important in areas that are currently less suitable for bicycle travel and are experiencing growth or increased auto congestion. Generally, projects that create safety and operational improvements for all roadway users also result in improved conditions for bicyclists.

Vehicles per day, travel lane width, and the presence or absence of paved shoulders are the primary determinants of rural bicycling conditions. As traffic on roadways increases, favorable conditions for bicycling can decrease. Inclusion of a wider travel lane or paved shoulder on a roadway can improve conditions for bicycling.

WisDOT implemented the paved shoulder policy for pavement replacement, reconstruction, and new construction projects on rural state highways which provides safety and operational improvements and benefits for all roadway users, including bicyclists. This policy defines a standard shoulder width of five feet on asphalt roadways on the state highway system.