Room to Ride
About Room to Ride
Room to Ride is the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition's campaign for 100 miles of on-street bike lanes by the end of 2015 throughout Greater Grand Rapids.
GGRBC is working with the City of Grand Rapids and other metro cities to provide room to ride for bicyclists with this low-cost infrastructure.
Room to Ride began with a meeting with the City of Grand Rapids in January, 2012. Since July of 2012, the city of Grand Rapids has installed new bike lanes or shared lane markings (sharrows) on 32 miles of streets, for a total of 38 miles in that community (as of November 1, 2013).
When including the cities of East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Rockford, which have also been adding bike lanes, Metro Grand Rapids now has about 40 miles of streets with bike lanes or sharrows.
What are Bike Lanes?
Bike lanes designate an exclusive space for bicyclists through the use of pavement markings and signage. The bike lane is located adjacent to motor vehicle travel lanes and flows in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Bike lanes are typically on the right side of the street, between the adjacent travel lane and curb, road edge, or parking lane. Bike lanes may be located on the left side when installed on one-way streets, or may be buffered if space permits.
Benefits of a Bike Lane
Increases bicyclist comfort and confidence on busy streets
Creates separation between bicyclists and cars.
Increases predictability of bicyclist and motorist positioning and interaction.
Increases total capacities of streets carrying mixed bicycle and motor vehicle traffic.
Visually reminds motorists of bicyclists’ right to the street.
Room to Ride is About Room to Get to Work, Room to Spend, Room to be Healthy, Room to Be Safe
Room to Get to Work
Bike lanes increase the comfort and confidence of people who use their bicycle to get to work. Many households do not have access to a car. We are making room to ride for bicyclists with infrastructure that supports those trying to support themselves and their families.
Room to Spend
People who ride bikes buy bikes—and other things too. People on bikes are also more likely to make repeat trips to their local stores. We are making room to ride so bike-accessible business districts can benefit by catering to these customers.
Room to Be Healthy
People who ride bikes are reducing health risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure. We are making room to ride to contribute to active, healthy lifestyles.
Room to Be Safe
Bike lanes create separation between cyclists and vehicles and can reduce crashes. 2 People who ride bikes need safer routes to get from point A to point B. We are making room to ride for bicyclists with infrastructure that reduces the risk of accident and injury.
For more information check out: http://www.roomtoride.org/