Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements - Advisory Bike Lanes Trial Summer 2020

Vail Valley Drive is a popular route in the summer for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and buses. The Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements project's goal is to define a clear and aesthetically pleasing separation between motorists and pedestrian/cyclists to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all. Within the last year the Design Team and Staff have engaged the public through multiple on-line surveys, Public Open Houses, individual meetings, and multiple Town Council meetings. The cumulative efforts resulted in the desire to complete a trial of Advisory Bike Lanes.

Advisory Bike Lanes(ABL's) are a relatively new "share the road" practice for the United States and they have been implemented successfully in about 30 locations across the nation. The goal of ABL's is to separate motorists from pedestrians and bicyclist by delineating a center vehicular lane and two edge pedestrian/bicyclist lanes along a low volume road. The center vehicular lane becomes a single bi-directional shared lane where drivers must yield to oncoming vehicles; while the ABL's delineate lanes in each direction for pedestrians/bicyclist that also function as shared lanes for motorists when vehicles need to yield to each other. For further information on how to navigate ABL's correctly click to view this video from Victoria Canada.

This Summer Vail has implemented an ABL trial along Vail Valley Drive. We would love to hear from you on your experience! Please provide comments to tkassmel@vailgov.com or in the open comment survey below.

You can find additional information and resources on ABL's in the Document Library to the right.

Vail Valley Drive is a popular route in the summer for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and buses. The Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements project's goal is to define a clear and aesthetically pleasing separation between motorists and pedestrian/cyclists to provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for all. Within the last year the Design Team and Staff have engaged the public through multiple on-line surveys, Public Open Houses, individual meetings, and multiple Town Council meetings. The cumulative efforts resulted in the desire to complete a trial of Advisory Bike Lanes.

Advisory Bike Lanes(ABL's) are a relatively new "share the road" practice for the United States and they have been implemented successfully in about 30 locations across the nation. The goal of ABL's is to separate motorists from pedestrians and bicyclist by delineating a center vehicular lane and two edge pedestrian/bicyclist lanes along a low volume road. The center vehicular lane becomes a single bi-directional shared lane where drivers must yield to oncoming vehicles; while the ABL's delineate lanes in each direction for pedestrians/bicyclist that also function as shared lanes for motorists when vehicles need to yield to each other. For further information on how to navigate ABL's correctly click to view this video from Victoria Canada.

This Summer Vail has implemented an ABL trial along Vail Valley Drive. We would love to hear from you on your experience! Please provide comments to tkassmel@vailgov.com or in the open comment survey below.

You can find additional information and resources on ABL's in the Document Library to the right.

  • ABL Trial Update to Town Council June 16, 2020

    about 1 month ago

    Town Council update June 16, 2020.

    Town Council update June 16, 2020.

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  • Update to Town Council - March 3, 2020

    about 1 month ago

    On March 3, 2020, Public Works will present an update to Town Council to discuss signage and striping options as well as to discuss one-way options. Please see the meeting materials in the documents link.

    On March 3, 2020, Public Works will present an update to Town Council to discuss signage and striping options as well as to discuss one-way options. Please see the meeting materials in the documents link.

  • November 5, 2019 - Town Council Discussion Summary

    8 months ago

    Staff presented a summary of findings to Council on November 5th which can be found by reviewing the Staff Memo and Presentation located in the Document Library on this page.

    After the presentation, Council directed staff to pursue further investigation of a trial one way operation for the busy months in the summer, as well as look at the possibility of adding shoulder/bike lane striping along Vail Valley Drive with minimal to no widening.

    Council was not in favor of relocating the path off Vail Valley Drive, nor in favor of creating a separated path...

    Staff presented a summary of findings to Council on November 5th which can be found by reviewing the Staff Memo and Presentation located in the Document Library on this page.

    After the presentation, Council directed staff to pursue further investigation of a trial one way operation for the busy months in the summer, as well as look at the possibility of adding shoulder/bike lane striping along Vail Valley Drive with minimal to no widening.

    Council was not in favor of relocating the path off Vail Valley Drive, nor in favor of creating a separated path that would move pedestrians closer to Hole #4 or #6. They also recognized that any significant widening of the road or attached path was undesirable.

    Staff will return to the Council within the next few months with updated options comparing a trial one way scenario and bike lane striping along Vail Valley Drive, or a combination of the two. Please continue to check Engage Vail for project updates.