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    Provide well-designed bicycle facilities to ensure not just a bare minimum level of safety, but also provide a desirable environment that is comfortable, enriching and encourages people to prioritize biking as the primary mode of transportation.

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Locate cycle tracks or protected bike lanes in urban areas like downtowns where there is a need to minimize conflicts between traffic and pedestrians; there are minimal pedestrian crossings and driveways; there is minimal unloading and loading activity; and where there is surplus roadway within the right-of-way. The width of the cycle track should accommodate street sweeping or dedicated cycle track sweeping equipment should be acquired, and is generally 8 feet to 10 feet wide. Right-of-way for cycle tracks can be provided by narrowing travel lanes and reallocating space, thereby slowing traffic. Cycle tracks can also slow traffic turning speeds by not contributing to the available shoulder for auto turns.