The City’s first bike lanes opened in 2009 along Custer Parkway and Grove Road. The popularity of these lanes led to the creation of additional bike lanes in 2010-2013 on Waterview Drive and portions of N. Collins Boulevard, Apollo Road, N. Yale Boulevard, and Canyon Creek Boulevard. Bike lanes were added this year along E. Collins Boulevard, Owens Boulevard, and the remainder of Yale Boulevard. Additional bike lanes are expected to be added in other parts of the City as funding becomes available.
Buffered Bike Lanes
Buffered bike lanes are for roadway segments without houses facing the street and consist of a seven-foot bike lane next to the curb. It includes a “Bike Lane” sign and is separated from the travel lanes by a buffer marked with painted chevrons. On-street parking is not allowed on these roadways.
Non-Buffered Bike Lanes
The non-buffered bike lanes are typically used where houses face the street and parking must be provided.
In that case a non-buffered bike lane is 5 feet wide and located between the travel lane and a 7-foot wide parking area.
The City has also designated about 16 miles of roadways as bike routes. These streets do not have a dedicated bike lane, but they are marked with “Bike Route” signs and provide the safest course between bike lanes, trails and other destinations.
Share the Road
The busiest roads in Richardson are legally open to bicyclists but are not promoted as routes for their use. Some of these streets, such as Renner Road, are marked with “Share the Road” signs to remind motorists to watch for bicycles and to give them the same rights as any other vehicle.
Bike Lane and Trails Map (PDF)
- Richardson has over 15 miles of bike lanes.
- The first bike lanes opened in 2009 along Custer Parkway and Grove Road.
- The City has developed a Bicycle Pedestrian Trail-way Master Plan to guide future development.
Although bike lanes and routes seek to promote safety, the best defense is for everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of their surroundings. Motorists are not permitted to drive their vehicles in a bike lane but they are allowed to cross the bike lane markings to turn into a driveway or to park. Motorists must yield to the bicyclists in the bike lanes because they have the right of way. “Just like a pedestrian in a cross-walk needs to always look both ways before stepping out into the street,” Dave Carter, Assistant Director of Development Services - Transportation & Traffic said, “bike lanes provide a designated area of the roadway for bicyclists and help inform road users where to expect bicyclists, but they do not replace the responsibilities of all road users to be alert of the traffic conditions around them and look for bicycles and motor vehicles.”
The City has developed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail-way Master Plan to guide future development of bike lanes, bike routes, and multi-use trails through Richardson. It is designed to meet the needs of recreational riders who prefer to stay on trails, serious athletes, and those who rely on a bike for transportation and desire to ride the most direct on-street route.