Orange County's favorable climate and recreational attractions make it an ideal environment for bicycling. There are currently about 1,000 miles of bikeways in Orange County with roughly another 700 miles that have been planned. It is the responsibility of local jurisdictions to plan, implement and maintain the bikeways in Orange County. These local jurisdictions include all 34 Orange County cities, the County of Orange, and Caltrans.
As bicycling is a growing form of active transportation, OCTA’s role in regional bikeways planning has increased. The Regional Bikeways Planning initiative is a countywide effort between OCTA, the local jurisdictions, and bicycle stakeholders. The goal of the initiative is to plan and construct key bikeway corridors that improve regional connectivity, connect to destination centers, and enhance existing infrastructure. Projects identified in the program are added to OCTA’s Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan, which is a long range planning document for the County.
Regional Bikeways Planning Process
There are several phases in the bikeways planning process. These phases ensure active participation by the local community and strong leadership for the project.
OCTA collaborates with the cities and County to identify key regional bike corridors. Bike corridors connect major employment centers, transit stations, colleges, and universities. The corridors are then ranked based on potential demand, ease of implementation, safety, etc.. Corridors identified in this phase are added to OCTA's Commuter Bikeways Strategic Plan (CBSP).
Design and Construction
The top-ranking bike corridors are studied in more detail and preliminary concepts are provided. Recommendations are used to develop shelf-ready projects for future funding opportunities.
As a result of interagency coordination, the shelf-ready projects are expected to compete well for grant funding. Cities and the County pursue grants and move forward with final design and construction.
Bicycles share equal rights and responsibilities with other vehicles on the road. However, while bicyclists share all the same rights and responsibilities of motorists, bicycle-specific facilities, such as signed and striped bike lanes, are often provided in an effort to enhance safety for both bicyclists and motorists. Bicyclists also need to be conscious of their skill and comfort levels when choosing their travel routes.
There are three classes of commuter bikeways:
Class I – off-street paved bike paths
Off-street paths are facilities on a separate right-of-way from roadways, and are usually shared by bicyclists and pedestrians. Shared paths are recreational facilities and should not be used as high-speed bikeways, as the safety of the other non-motorized users must be considered.
Class II – on-street striped and signed bicycle lanes
Bicycle lanes are on-street facilities that use painted stripes and stencils to delineate the right of way assigned to bicyclists and motorists, and to provide for more predictable movements by each.
Class III – on-street shared-lane signed bicycle routes
Bicycle routes are signed on-street facilities that accommodate vehicles and bicycles in the same travel lane. Bicycles are permitted on most roadways; however, for safety purposes, signed bicycle routes are often found on streets with lower speeds and traffic volumes.
We welcome your suggestions regarding ways to improve this map or the bikeway system. You can email us, call (714) 636-RIDE, or mail your comments to:
Orange County Transportation Authority
P.O. Box 14184
Orange, CA 92863-1584