Gaze Upon Lincoln, Nebraska’s Awesome New Curb-Protected Bike Lane

Need a reason to feel hopeful for 2016? Check out this video from the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, showing off the city’s new curb-protected bike lane.

The N Street protected bike lane provides a link between two major trails. Image: Downtown Lincoln Association
The N Street protected bike lane provides a link between two major trails. Image: Downtown Lincoln Association/Alta Planning + Design

The N Street protected bike lane covers a 17-block stretch in downtown Lincoln. It includes bike-specific signals and landscaped medians as wide as nine feet. The redesign debuted two weeks ago, according to the Journal Star, and motorists are still figuring out how the whole thing works.

The bike lane helps fill a “critical link” in the city’s 128-mile trail network, according to the Downtown Lincoln Association. The project was completed with help from the Great Plains Trail Network, which provided $340,000, or about 10 percent of the $3.5 million cost.

Nicely done!

5 thoughts on Gaze Upon Lincoln, Nebraska’s Awesome New Curb-Protected Bike Lane

  1. I was literally leaving Lincoln as this article was published and I will confirm that this facility is definitely one of the better implementations yet. It’s A consistent 11.5′ wide its entire length and the parking bays include curb steps that are at least three feet wide. The biggest downsides are the signaling, especially for the contraflow direction. This bikeway fundamentally makes what was once a one-way street now a two-way street. However, most of the intersections are large enough to include protective curb islands, even though they aren’t actually protected intersections since there is no intersecting PBL. I’d definitely suggest that anyone who lives anywhere that is proposing to do a PBL that includes digging make a trek to Lincoln to see how to do it right.

  2. Ehh… Two-way cycle-tracks are inherently confusing and difficult for drivers to safely navigate. The need for all that “conflict zone” green paint is just proof of the inherent dangers of the design. I just don’t understand the fascination with these two-way facilities. There’s good reason Mikael Colville-Andersen railed against them several years ago.

    Otherwise it looks “okay”. I’m really confused as to why they didn’t relocate the parking meters.

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