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What is an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Bicycle Network?
Victoria’s all ages and abilities bicycle network will provide a connected grid of bicycle facilities that is comfortable and attractive for many people. AAA networks are designed to provide increased levels of comfort and safety, through the use of high quality bicycle facilities separated from traffic, or by using streets with low vehicle volumes and speeds.
Victoria's AAA bicycle network will be made up of three types of facilities: protected bicycle lanes, neighbourhood greenways and off street pathways.
Protected bicycle lanes are exclusive bicycle facilities that are physically separated from motor vehicle travel lanes and the sidewalk, but are located on-street within the road right-of-way. Protected bicycle lanes combine the comfort and experience of an off-street pathway with the benefits of route directness and access to destinations. In many cases, protected bicycle lanes are separated by landscaping or curbs from the sidewalk or by on-street parking, facilitating separation between cyclists and pedestrians as well. There are many types of protected bicycle lanes, offering varying types of treatments to offer protection.
Neighbourhood greenways refer to shared bicycle routes that are typically located on local streets with lower traffic volumes and speeds and that have been optimized to varying degrees to prioritize bicycle traffic. In cases where traffic volumes and speeds are relatively low (i.e. speeds of 30 km/hr or less, with fewer than 1,500 motor vehicles per day), cyclists and motorists are able to comfortably share the road without the need for significant physical improvements to the roadway if the street is of sufficient width to allow safe passing between cyclists and motor vehicles.
In cases where the existing streets have relatively low traffic volumes and speeds, the only improvements required may be signage and pavement markings identifying the road as a bicycle route, and crossings where the neighbourhood greenways intersect major roads. However, they can be further enhanced with traffic calming measures such as traffic circles and speed humps.
Off-street pathways are physically separated from motor vehicles and provide sufficient width and supporting facilities to be used by cyclists and/or pedestrians, and other non-motorized users. Off-street pathways can be either multi-use pathways, where pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized users share the pathway, or separated bicycle-only pathways for exclusive use by bicycle users and separated from distinct pedestrian pathways.
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