Davis Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure

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Davis is considered to be the bicycle capital of the U.S.  Each year, we receive many requests about what makes Davis special.  This webpage is intended to provide information on what makes Davis great place to ride a bicycle.   

 Our Plans

  • In 2013, the City of Davis published a Complete Streets policy in the General Plan Transportation Element.
  • The Davis Bike Action Plan includes both programs and projects to create complete streets, fix barriers, gather data, design right, create networks, improve laws, and educate and enforce.   
  • The 14 Walk and Bike School Audit Report identifies barriers to walking and riding a bike to school and projects and program to improve safety and support walking and biking to school. 

 Infrastructure

  • 70 miles of pathways. 
  • 50 Miles of bike lanes.
  • 75% of roads have a posted speed limit of 25 mph.
  • 170 miles in the road network.
  • 2 miles of bicycle boulevards
  • 1 mile of cycle track.
  • 2 miles of buffered bike lanes.  
  • 10% of the streets have a posted speed limit between 25 mph and 35 mph.
  • 5% of streets have a posted speed limit of 35 mph or greater.
  • We have 25 grade separated crossings in Davis.  Four overpasses and twenty-one underpass crossings.  We used grade separated crossing to move people on bikes and pedestrians over and under barriers like railroad tracks, busy roads, and the freeway.

Artist underpass >overpass

  • Davis has eleven intersections with bike traffic signals.  Davis was the first in U.S. to install bike only traffic signals.  The bike traffic signal was created and designed by retired City of Davis City Engineer and Public Works Director Dave Pelz.  On February 16, 1994 this traffic control device was presented to the California Traffic Control Device Committee.  Read the minutes from the meeting: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/engineering/ctcdc/minutes/19940216.pdf  

bike signal red bike signal yellow bike signal green

  • The City of Davis uses cycle tracks to enhance bike connections.  The cycle track in the images below is located on J Street.  This cycle track connects to a Bike Boulevard on Drexel Drive.  School aged children ride their bikes on Drexel Drive to access Holmes Middle School and the nearby elementary school.  

Connection to cycle track- Drexel to J Street Facing east on J Street- cycle track connection Facing south- J Street cycle track

  •  Davis prides itself in being innovative and designing streets for people who drive, bike, and walk. 

Bike Box at A Street and Russell Man in bike box

  • In 2015, the City of Davis worked Collaboratively with New Home Company, the developer of the Cannery project, to construct an enhanced bike and pedestrian intersection at Covell Boulevard and J Street.  Learn more about the Cannery Junction intersection
  •  The City of Davis improves both pedestrian and bike facilities during resurfacing and other maintenance projects. 
  • The 2014 Walk and Bike School Audit Report identifies barriers to walking and riding a bike to school and projects and program to improve safety and support walking and biking to school. 

  • The City of Davis has six Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crossings around town.  The RRFB is a flashing LED light that is activated by pressing a button.   RRFBs use an irregular flash pattern that is similar to emergency flashers on police vehicles.  The flashing lights enhance safety by increasing driver awareness.

RRFB flashing pathway and roadway crossing