The Traffic Engineering division is responsible for planning, developing and encouraging the use of bicycling as a form of transportation in our community. These responsibilities involve:
- developing bike facilities
- promoting bike policies
- promoting bike safety
- providing bike related resources
Streets that the City Traffic Engineer has deemed suitable and that provide access to major destinations and continuity to travel across several neighborhoods have been designated as bike routes. Approximately 60 miles of streets are designated bike routes.
Bike Route Map
Bike Rack Loaction Map
Bike Route Policy
The Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee of the Traffic Advisory Board have prepared a plan and Bike Route Policy to provide for bicyclists on streets in Springfield. The Traffic Advisory Board accepted the report of the plan and policy at their meeting on February 27, 2007. If you have questions or comments, contact:
Springfield Public Works Department
PO Box 8368
Springfield, MO 65801-8368.
Recreational paths, or "greenways", are being developed by Ozark Greenways, Inc. and the Springfield/Greene County Parks Department for joint use of such non-motorized travel modes as bicycling, roller blading, running, and walking. Recreational paths are along South Creek from Campbell Avenue to Battlefield Road and along Galloway Creek from Pershing School to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The Frisco Highline trail is open from Willard to Walnut Grove and Sac River Trail, a mountain bike park, is on north Kansas Expressway.
Although bicyclists can use all streets they should be aware of the character of traffic and roadway characteristics on each street and evaluate the degree of risk they are willing to accept in sharing the roadway with other traffic. The character of the traffic and the street determine the suitability of a street for bicycle travel. The most suitable streets have wide outside lanes, have low traffic speed, have low traffic volume, do not have many high-volume cross streets and driveways, and do not have obstacles in the path of the bicycle such as storm water grates and uneven pavement. Nearly all local residential streets are suitable for bicycling.
- Protect yourself. Be noticed. Wear bright clothing. Have lights and reflectors on your bicycle. Wear a protective helmet. Keep ears open to hear traffic, trains, or warnings from others.
- Obey all traffic rules and signs. Stop at all stop signs and signals, and yield to traffic, including pedestrians, when appropriate.
- Ride on the right side of the street (in the same direction as automobiles). Normal positioning is 2-4 feet from the curb or edge of roadway or a car door's width from parked cars.
- Position in intersection approach for intended movement. Use rule of thirds. If turning right, use right side of lane. If crossing intersection, use center of right through lane. If turning left, use center of left turn lane or left side of shared lane. When changing lanes or positioning in lanes, always check behind for vehicles. Bike lanes, where provided, end near the beginning of left turn lanes. Bicyclists should position themselves in the through lane or the appropriate turn lane as they approach the intersection.
- Position in lane for speed. If slower than other traffic, stay to the right. If same speed as other traffic, use center of lane. If faster than other traffic, overtake on left.