Bicycle Level of Stress

The Transportation Master Plan update will include improvements that have been made since the original 2012 plan was created. It will also include a recently developed tool called the “Bicycle Level of Stress” that is being used to examine the following in order to prioritize future projects:

  • County roads that work well for cycling
    Bicycle Level of Stress analysis methodology

    Bicycle Level of Stress
    Analysis Methodology

  • Current gaps in the cycling network
  • Roads that need improvement

The analysis takes into account:

  • The current width of the roadway shoulder
  • Total number of motorized vehicles on the road

In the chart to the right:

  • LTS 1= Little traffic stress and suitable for all cyclists, including children
  • LTS 2 = Little traffic stress, but requires more attention, especially for children
  • LTS 3 = Moderate traffic stress – suitable for confident cyclists
  • LTS 4 = High traffic stress

If you take a look at the current Bicycle Level of Stress analysis for county roads, you’ll see that roads are classified into four levels:

  1. No traffic, such as regional trails – Low stress
  2. Low traffic or wide shoulder, or a combination of both
  3. More traffic and narrower shoulders

Bicycle Level of Stress will be used in combination with other factors, including public input, to develop recommendations for projects and their prioritization in the TMP update. The goal will be to reduce the stress of those who bike and drive on county roads.

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