|Chapter 1||Bikeway Network: "Bikeways" are streets and trails specifically designed for bicycle travel. Bikeways help bicyclists feel comfortable riding, whether on streets with heavy motor-vehicle traffic or on off-street trails. Surveys consistently indicate that providing bikeways is the most effective way to encourage bicycling.|
|Objective 6||Prioritize ongoing maintenance and repair of the bikeway network.|
Ensure prompt repair of pavement cuts on streets with bikeways.
Pavement cuts can cause bicyclists to lose control, resulting in accidents and injuries. Require private contractors and utility companies that damage bikeways to repair them immediately to a specified standard. Where necessary, require non-skid plates with beveled edges or edges built up with asphalt. Place plates to cover the pavement cut with minimum gap openings (to prevent catching bicycle tires) and with proper securing so that motorized vehicles cannot knock the plates loose.
|Peformance Measure||Bikeways repaired to a designated standard within 4 weeks of pavement cuts.|
|Tracker Notes||None of this happens. Plates are not secured and automobiles knock them loose; non-skid plates are not used; plates with beveled edges are not used; plates with asphalt edges are sometimes used (but they're not non-skid); bikeways are not repaired to any standard within 4 weeks of pavement cuts. If they are repaired to any standard after 4 weeks, the standard is not good enough. Even when pavement in the bikeway is repaired, oftentimes the pavement markings are never restored.|
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