Shared Use Path
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Shared Use Path
A shared-use path in Germany. This sign says that only cyclists and ped­es­trians may use it and must share it.
Share-use path with running track in Chicago.
Street sign in Bristol, England, advising users that it has dual use.

A shared-use path or mixed-use path is a form of infrastructure that supports multiple recreation and transportation opportunities, such as walking, bicycling, inline skating and people in wheelchairs. Motorcycles and mopeds are normally prohibited. A shared-use path typically has a surface that is asphalt, concrete or firmly packed crushed aggregate. In the U.S., the 1999 AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities defines a shared-use path as being physically separated from motor vehicular traffic with an open space or barrier.[1] Shared-use paths differ from exclusive bikeways in that shared-use paths are designed to include pedestrians even if the primary anticipated users are cyclists. Some shared paths have been built as rail trails.

Shared-use paths sometimes provide different lanes for users who travel at different speeds to prevent conflicts between user groups on high-use trails.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "A Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (Fourth Edition)" (PDF). National Association of City Transportation Officials. 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Part II of II: Best Practices Design Guide - Sidewalk2 - Publications - Bicycle and Pedestrian Program - Environment". Federal Highway Administration. 2017. Retrieved 2019.

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