Bike and Pedestrian Program

Walking, Running and Biking in West Lafayette

More and more people are choosing alternative forms of transportation for their daily travels. Whether it be for personal health, environmental consciousness or financial benefits; people are riding bikes everywhere. The city of West Lafayette recognizes that trend and has not only tried to give these road users what they deserve but has pushed the envelope in regards to bicycling infrastructure. With over 30 miles of paved trails for walking, running and biking that span the city, residents are provided with viable alternatives to driving their car to work.

Planned Trails

Additionally, city engineers are still working to ensure that trails are included in areas where they are needed. Here are some of the places we plan to have paved multi-use trails built in the future:

  • Salisbury Street – from Kalberer Rd to Sagamore Pkwy
  • Sagamore Parkway
  • Lindberg Road – from Salisbury St to Indian Trail
  • Connection between Harrison Bridge and Soldier's Home Road
  • Yeager Road

For more information, you can view the City’s Parks and Recreation master plan here: https://www.westlafayette.in.gov/egov/documents/1494356053_63074.pdf

Planning and development proceeds with the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians in mind, and the city has goals related to infrastructure and use.

City of West Lafayette Bike and Pedestrian Goals:

  • Increase number of trips made by alternative forms of transportation (Bike, Walk or Public Transit)
  • Continue to add to the existing network of multi-use trails
  • Increase the number of miles of dedicated bike lanes
  • Have clear and comfortable paths to connect all major points of the city with bicycle infrastructure

Current Projects

West Lafayette has the following projects ongoing related to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure:

  • "Sharrows" along Kalberer Road

Maps

West Lafayette has over 30 miles of paved trails for walking, running and biking. Check out the map below to see where they all are! Paved trails are shown in green and bike lanes are shown in yellow. 

Click here to see the full version of the map.

Comfort Map

The city is currently working with other representatives from the Greater Lafayette area to develop a "Comfort Map" that will display all bicycle routes in Lafayette, West Lafayette and the county. This map will use visual tools to represent the level of comfort riders will experience on the route. We want it to be obvious which paths will be more comfortable for the experienced cyclist and which will be accessible for young children. 

Education

In order to meet the needs of bicyclists and keep up with the demand for dedicated bike lanes and tracks, you may notice many new signs and markings  on the street. Here is a list of some that we think will be helpful to know!

Bicycle Infrastructure, Signage and Markings

Cycle Track

The cycle track is a separated bike path that runs parallel to the street. The cycle track acts like a road for bicycles, so be sure to stay on the right side of the track and be careful when passing!

These green crossings will be found at most of the cycle track intersections on State Street.

The goal with this design is to increase visibility of the shared space between cars and bicycles.

Crossings

SB and Use Ped Signal

At some intersections there will be a stop bar on the cycle track along with a sign that says “Use Ped Signal.” At these intersections, bicyclists are required to stop and wait for the pedestrian signal at the cross walk and cross with pedestrians.
"Sharrows" are markings on a road used to indicate that the road is a shared lane environment; welcoming bicycles and vehicles to use the road. Drives should note that when passing biker, 3ft of space is required between your car and the cyclist! Sharrow
Bike Box The bike box is used to let bikers approach an intersection and have a safer and more visible place to wait for a red light. 

Rules of the Road

Indiana Bicycle Laws: http://bicycleindiana.org/images/Indiana_Bicycle_Laws.pdf

Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Tips for drivers and bicyclists: http://bicycleindiana.org/images/STR-Motorist_Cyclists.pdf

Tips for Bicyclists: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_bicyclist.cfm

Tips for Pedestrians: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_pedestrian.cfm\

Tips for Drivers: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_driver.cfm

Helmets: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/tips_helmet.cfm

Resources

Clubs and Organizations:

West Lafayette, Lafayette and the county have teamed together to create Bike Walk Greater Lafayette, a group working with the goal of making the Greater Lafayette area into a Bike Friendly community. On their website, there is a lot of great educational information related to biking in the area and safety.

Bike Walk Greater Lafayette: http://bikewalkgreaterlafayette.org/

Wabash River Cycling Club: http://wrcc-in.org/wp/

Purdue Cycling Club: http://www.purduecycling.com/

West Lafayette Ped + Bike Committee: http://www.westlafayettebikeped.org/

Information:

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: http://pedbikeinfo.org/

Bicycle Indiana: http://bicycleindiana.org/index.php

Contact Us

Marcus Smith (Assistant City Engineer) has been designated as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of West Lafayette. Please feel free to contact him with any questions or suggestions you have related to Bike and Pedestrian infrastructure and safety!

Email: msmith@wl.in.gov

Office Phone: (765) 775-5135

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Marcus Smith, Assistant City Engineer

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