Managing interactions between bus stops and bikeways can be complex, especially with bike lanes on constrained corridors. There are two main options for managing this interaction:
Additional treatments for managing bus and bikeway interactions will be evaluated for consideration in future updates to the Street Design Guide.
Floating bus stops are the preferred design for managing interactions between bus stops and protected bike lanes. Floating bus stops channelize the bike lane behind the bus stop to separate bicycle traffic and people boarding, alighting, or waiting for transit. Floating bus stops allow buses to stop in-lane while maintaining physical bike lane protection without the need for a mixing zone.
Floating bus stops require pedestrians to cross the bikeway operating area to access the bus stop. Bicycle traffic is expected to yield to pedestrians crossing the bikeway.
|Floating bus stop design should be closely coordinated with Metro Transit.
Bus stop platform dimensions
|2’ clear zone is preferred from the bikeway to the floating bus stop and any vertical obstructions, though a 0’ clear zone may be considered in space-constrained corridors.
|Any vertical obstructions located on the floating transit stop must maintain 1.5’ clearance from the roadway face-of-curb.
|Floating bus stops are typically sidewalk-level (6”) for regular service bus stops, and at a 9” elevation for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Stations.
|See sidewalk-level protected bike lane guidance for recommended bikeway width. A minimum bike lane operating width of 6’ must be maintained for maintenance operations.
Bikeway design speed
|For State Aid streets, steep bike lane tapers to accommodate the floating transit stop will require a State Aid variance if design speeds are less than 20 mph.
|Floating bus stops must accommodate access to and maintenance of all stormwater infrastructure. Floating bus stop design should be coordinated with Surface Water and Sewers.
Pedestrian and bike mixing zones
Employ pedestrian mixing zones where people biking must yield to pedestrians crossing the bike lane to access the floating bus stop. Design considerations for these mixing zones include: