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An on-street bicycle route is a road or a series of roads identified for bicycle use. These roads usually have lower volumes of traffic and connections to multi-use recreational trails, schools, libraries, recreation centers, DART bus or rail transit stops, shopping or places of employment.
The on-street bicycle routes have signage to show bicyclists how to navigate through the city using lower volume roadways. The network includes several arterial roads or portions of arterial roads that are identified as bicycle routes as they are essential to completing connections where no other option is available.
Plano’s on-street bicycle routes can be found on the on-street bicycle transportation map. Signs are placed along routes so bicyclists can get the route information as they travel to connect to multi-use recreational trails, schools, libraries, recreation centers, DART bus or rail transit stops, shopping or places of employment. The signage also lets motorists know that bicyclists will be present on those routes.
The on-street bicycle routes are located primarily on collector and residential roads as well as a few select arterial roads. The city has more than 2,700 miles of total roadway; this project will incorporate 168 miles. The routes will be labeled with specific signage.
The on-street bicycle signs are in accordance with the Texas Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a code that regulates traffic signage at the state level. Most signage is green and white. Guidance signage must be placed on its own post, not in combination with yellow warning signs, stop signs or black and white regulatory signs.
The regulatory sign below tells both the cyclist and the motorist that the cyclist has the right to occupy the whole travel lane. Guidance signs show the Plano logo, a bicycle symbol and the route number you are on. Some directional signs show which way to turn to intersect with another bicycle route. Other directional signs show which direction to go, the route number, destination and the mileage remaining to the destination.
The on-street bicycle signs list numbers because the routes are often a combination of several different streets making up the route.
The number system takes after our interstate highway system. Odd numbers indicate north-south routes. The odd numbers are smaller on the west side of the city increasing as you move eastward starting with 5 and ending with 97. Even numbers indicate east-west routes. The even numbers are smaller on the south side of the city increasing as you move north starting with 2 and ending with 90.
Cities with on-street bicycle routes that connect to Plano are: Dallas and Frisco
Plano has two on-street bicycle routes that connect into Dallas: Mapleshade Lane and Ohio Drive.
Plano routes that connect into Frisco include Legacy Drive, Parkwood Boulevard, Ohio Drive and Rasor Boulevard.
The following cities connect or will connect to Plano with on-street bicycle routes and/or multi-use recreational trails: Allen, Carrollton, Dallas, Frisco, Murphy, Parker, Richardson, The Colony
The following cities in North Texas have plans for on-street bicycle routes: Arlington, Denton, Fort Worth, Irving, McKinney
You can plan a route using the on-street bicycle transportation map or Google maps. On Google, Plano’s trails are shown in solid green lines, and the on-street bicycle routes are shown in dashed green lines.
Texas law requires those bicycling on the streets to operate their bike according to vehicular laws on the street. A bicyclist should always obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. Never ride opposite the flow of traffic; stop at all stop signs and stop at red lights; wear visible clothing; use a white front and a red rear reflector or light. Although a helmet is not required by law, it is strongly encouraged.
The following resources can help provide more information about bicycling laws and safety: Plano Police Department, Texas Drivers Handbook, Texas Transportation Code
The following resources offer classroom and on-bike learning opportunities for on-street bicycling education: BikeDFW, Bike Texas, League of American Bicyclists
The rules for bicycling on multi-use recreational trails are: be courteous, stay right, pass left, announce when passing, yield to slower users, stop at stop signs, wear a helmet and obey the 15 mph trail speed limit.
Please understand and follow these guidelines when using Plano’s multi-use recreational trails.
Bicycle repair shops located in Plano:
Local cycling clubs in Plano/North Texas: