The Green Lane Project, a program of the Bikes Belong Foundation, has been working to get protected bike lanes and related innovative designs on the ground in U.S. cities. Interest in these designs is growing rapidly: in 2012, the number of protected bike lanes in the U.S. grew from 62 to 102.

We are gathering information about designing and implementing innovative urban bike facilities, with a focus on protected bike lanes. Your responses will help us to understand:
• How many cities and counties are building these facilities
• Whether current national design guidance for these facilities is adequate
• Whether State DOTs are supporting these projects
• Areas for improvement

Recently, USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood spoke about making sure that national design standards were up-to-date and responsive to the rapidly changing transportation landscape. This survey will help the Green Lane Project and our partners at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) better understand local needs and concerns. Preliminary results will be shared at the April 29 USDOT Safety Summit in Minneapolis.

This survey is aimed at project designers, engineers, bike/ped coordinators and others from cities, or consultants working on behalf of a city. Be warned that it is laden with acronyms. If you don’t know what they mean, you might not be the right person to complete this survey.

Please complete your survey by April 20, 2013.

We’re offering two enticements to encourage your participation: All cities who respond to this survey will be invited to apply for the Green Lane Project 2.0, beginning in 2014. All responders will be entered in a drawing for fabulous swag. In May we will send out a summary of responses to everyone who completes a survey.

If you have questions about this survey, please contact Martha Roskowski, Green Lane Project Director at Thanks!

A note on definitions: Several of the questions in this survey ask about protected lanes, also known as cycle tracks. We define these as a bike lane that is separated from car travel lanes by some sort of physical barrier, and is separated from the sidewalk. The photo below is a protected bike lane. Note the plastic posts on the right and parked cars which separate it from the car travel lanes.

This is also a protected lane, since it has plastic posts separating it from the car travel lane. It is also painted green, but not all protected lanes are green, and not all green lanes are protected. Some cities are using green through intersections, or in regular or buffered bike lanes.

One last protected lane. It's separated from the car travel by a wider painted buffer and a row of parked cars.

This is a buffered bike lane, not a protected lane. It has a wider painted separation, but no physical protection from traffic.

We don't consider this a protected lane. We consider it a multi-use path. It is not an integral part of the roadway. While many of these facilities are great places to ride, they are not the focus of this survey.