The City of Winston-Salem is working within the city and with other municipalities in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as well as with the NC Department of Transportation to improve conditions and safety for cyclists through well-designed on- and off-road facilities. With voter approval of the bond package in November, 2014 more money is now available for bicycle facilities. Of the $139.2 million package, $42.35 million is dedicated to street and sidewalk improvements.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Project Updates [pdf/280kb/2p]
Business 40 Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Proposal
The City of Winston-Salem is coordinating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians throughout the Business 40 corridor in downtown Winston-Salem as part of the Business 40 redesign project. Business 40 Bicycle and Pedestrian Proposed Facilities [pdf/3.9mb/13p]
Bike lanes are a separate lane just for bicycles with a solid white line distinguishing the bike lane from motor vehicle lanes and has a bike lane symbol spaced along the lane. Bike lanes are usually 5-6’ wide.
While bike lanes are available for cyclists to use if they choose, cyclists are not required to use bike lanes and may continue to share other lanes with motor vehicles. Certainly, bicyclists will need to share the other lanes if the bike lane is blocked for some reason.
As city streets are scheduled for repaving or widening, bike lanes are being added where feasible if there is sufficient roadway width to safely accommodate cyclists in a separate lane. In some cases, where roadway width is not sufficient, a bike lane may be added to one side only, especially on the uphill side.
Shared Lane Markings
Where the travel lanes are not wide enough for a separate bike lane, shared lane markings or sharrows may be used to indicate to cyclists the best position for riding within the lane as well as informing motorists that bicyclists may be sharing that lane as well as informing motorists that bicyclists are allowed to take the full lane.
Greenways are off-road facilities, sometimes referred to as linear parks that are great alternatives for cyclists who prefer not to ride on the road or who want to ride in more scenic areas. Long-range plans for greenways in the Winston-Salem area call for connecting different separate greenways.
In the meantime, the city is working to build sidewalks and add bike lanes to provide interim connectivity. Greenways are maintained by the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department.
The City of Winston-Salem has purchased 125 standard bike racks and installed them on streets, at public buildings and some schools in the city, and in other municipalities in Forsyth County. The city will continue to evaluate and install bike parking as funding becomes available.
Cleverly designed art bike racks are also appearing in Winston-Salem, funded by private organizations. These racks were designed and built by Zach Lail of Mock Orange Bikes. You’ll see them at several downtown locations, including 4th Street, Trade Street, 5th Street, 3rd Street, and Cherry Street.
Businesses and other organizations are encouraged to add appropriate bike parking at their facilities, following guidelines from the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals "Bike Parking Guide." Matthew Burczyk, city bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, can advise on the design and placement of bike parking. Family Services, Inc. on South Broad Street was one of the first to add a unique bike rack.
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Bikes on Buses
Taking your bike on the bus can make it easier to travel longer distances or avoid riding on major streets. This can be a good alternative to riding in the dark or cold weather. All buses operated by Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) have bike racks on the front of the vehicle. The graphics below show how to load your bike. For more information, call WSTA at (336) 727-2000 or visit the WSTA website (opens in a new window).
The Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) is making it easier to take transit with a new mobile application, NextBus, that tracks the location of WSTA buses in real time on a smartphone, tablet or computer. You can even set up email alerts to help you get to the bus on time.
Cyclists may also board the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) Express Bus with their bicycles when traveling through the Triad Regional service area. For more information, call (800) 588-7787 or visit the PART website (opens in a new window).