|Berkeley bike boulevard.|
Bike boulevards are city streets—usually residential streets with low and slow traffic-- that have been modified to give bicycle travelers priority. Berkeley clearly marks its bike boulevards with large pavement markings and easy-to- spot directional signs, making it pretty easy to navigate my way around town.
The real appeal of bike boulevards for me--and I suspect for many other folks--is that they are pleasant places to ride. I traveled all around Berkeley using quiet residential streets and passing through interesting neighborhoods. I visited parks, small business districts, the college campus and the bay following the bike boulevard network.
|Cars must turn but bikes can go straight.|
At an arterial intersection, cars were again directed to turn right but I queued up in a bike lane that allowed me to continue forward. A pavement marking shows where to position your bike to ensure that the traffic signal detects you.
|Cyclist waits in lane to cross arterial.|
Info on Berkeley's bike boulevard network can be found on the City's website. Check out this StreetFilms video about Berkeley's bike boulevard network.