Bike Safety

Bike Facilities & Responsibilities
Traffic Operations are 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
Bike Routes
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 78 miles of streets are designated bike routes. View bike route map (PDF) and the bike rack location map (PDF). Each year a summary of accomplishments related to walking and bicycling are published.
Man Bicycling
Bike Route Policy
The Bicycle / Pedestrian Committee of the Traffic Advisory Board prepared a plan and bike route policy (PDF) to provide for bicyclists on streets in Springfield. The plan and policy report was accepted by City Council in 2008.  The Committee has also prepared a Person-Power Mobility Vision for 2030 that provides an updated vision for the bike plan and a vision for an integrated network of sidewalks, trails, and bike routes. The Person-Power Mobility Vision for 2030 was accepted by the Traffic Advisory Board on May 27, 2014. The committee continues to develop a comprehensive bike plan. The City Council has also approved a resolution for a Complete Streets Policy that states that all users will be considered as roadways are built, reconstructed, and maintained. If you have questions or comments, contact David Hutchison.

Bike Paths
Recreational paths, or "greenways", are being developed by Ozark Greenways, Incorporated and the Springfield / Greene County Parks Department for joint use of such non-motorized travel modes as bicycling, roller blading, running, and walking. More than 65 miles of paths for walking and bicycling are available in our community including 20 miles in Springfield, 30 miles in Greene County outside Springfield, and 16 miles in Polk County. 

The longest urban segments are South Creek Trail from south of Battlefield Road to National Avenue and  Galloway Creek Trail from Pershing School to south of the James River with connection to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

The Frisco Highline Trail is a 35-mile trail from Kearney Street in Springfield to Bolivar. Sac River Trails, a mountain bike park, is on Kansas Expressway north of I-44.

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.

Ride Safely
  • 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 to 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.