Shared-use path

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A shared-use path in Germany. This sign says that it is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, who must share it.
Shared-use path with running track in Chicago.
Street sign in Bristol, England, advising users that it has dual use

A shared-use path, mixed-use path or multi-use pathway[1] is a form of infrastructure that supports multiple recreation and transportation opportunities, such as walking, bicycling, inline skating, and wheelchair use. Motorcycles and mopeds are normally prohibited. A shared-use path typically has a surface that is asphalt, concrete or firmly packed crushed aggregate. In the US, the 1999 AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities defines a shared-use path as being physically separated from motor vehicular traffic with an open space or barrier.[2] Shared-use paths differ from exclusive bikeways in that shared-use paths are designed to include pedestrians even if the primary anticipated users are cyclists.

Shared-use paths sometimes provide different lanes for users who travel at different speeds to prevent conflicts between user groups on high-use trails.[3]

Converted rail trails are often designated as shared-use paths.

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  1. ^ "Multi-Use Pathways" (PDF). NCDOT. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  2. ^ "A Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (Fourth Edition)" (PDF). National Association of City Transportation Officials. 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Part II of II: Best Practices Design Guide - Sidewalk2 - Publications - Bicycle and Pedestrian Program - Environment". Federal Highway Administration. 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2019.