• How Boulder Signs Its (Seamless) Bikeway Network

    by  • July 31, 2012 • Bicycle Friendly Places, Low Traffic Stress Bikeway Networks • 0 Comments

    Boulder, Colorado is one of just three “platinum” bicycle friendly communities in the United States (along with Davis and Portland). And it also has the 2nd or 3rd highest bicycle mode share in the country.

    How did Boulder do it?  In a word, it’s all about the network.  Or, as Boulder bicycle coordinator Marni Ratzel emphasizes, the seamless bikeway network, which makes it easy and intuitive for anyone to get almost anywhere they want to go in Boulder on a bicycle.

    To complement and reinforce this seamless bikeway network for Boulderians (Boulderites?), Boulder has developed its own unified bikeway network signing system.  As soon as you see one of these signs in Boulder, you know that you’ll be able to follow the bikeway network to get where you want to go.  The signage system also does one other thing that is extraordinarily valuable: it tells you what kind of bikeway is ahead.  Check it out:



    • How Did Boulder Do It?

    • Bike Delaware’s Vision

    • How bike friendly were Wilmington, Dover and Newark 2 years ago?


    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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