Future Bicycle Routes

Non-Motorized Transportation Plan and Bicycle Route History

The city has been working towards its goal for a more walkable, bike-able community for almost twenty years! Follow the link below to see the timeline of public meetings, correspondences and events!

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Cycling Information

Click the link below to view Royal Oak's cycling guides, safety information, maps of existing bicycle routes and more!

Campbell Road Bicycle Route

This proposed route would connect Ferndale's Hilton Road bicycle route to Royal Oak's existing E. Fourth Street bicycle route. The city is planning to improve Campbell Road in the summer of 2018 and has been considering a plan to add dedicated bicycle lanes from 10 Mile Road to Fourth Street. Campbell Road would have a dedicated center turn lane with one lane of travel for north and south bound drivers, with a dedicated bicycle lane along the curb line. Campbell Road is not wide enough to provide a buffer zone between the travel lanes and dedicated bicycle lanes.

Proposed Campbell Road Design - Click to Open

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North / South Bicycle Route

The Engineering Division, along with the advisement of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee, has been working on a north / south bike route along Washington Avenue and Main Street with Euclid Avenue serving as a connector between the two.

Currently Washington Avenue and Main Street have two lanes traveling north and two lanes traveling south. The proposed plan is to reduce the traveling lanes to one lane in each direction allowing the space to add dedicated bicycle lanes and a center turn lane along various portions of the route where space is available.

The decision to select the portions of Main Street and Washington Avenue is two-fold:

  • Both routes have low traffic volumes that will be minimally affected by the addition of a center turn lane and the reduction of a travel lane.
  • The connectivity at the south end of Washington Avenue works better with Woodward Avenue and the crossing over I-696 (as opposed to Main Street); the connectivity at the north end of Main Street provides access to downtown Clawson, where Washington Avenue does not provide continuous access north of 12 Mile Road.

Overall Proposed Route - Click to Open

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The selection of various treatments along the route were chosen to balance enhanced cycling and preserve critical areas of on street parking, as well as be cost effective.

  1. Areas that have relatively low traffic and stress levels are conducive to comfortable cycling in the roadway, so the city will created shared lanes. Cyclists will be able to use the entire travel lane and signage will be enhanced to notify motorists.
  2. In other areas with higher traffic and stress levels, dedicated bicycle lanes will be installed to accommodate both motorists and cyclists along the roadway.

Block by Block Design - Click to Open

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Staff Recommendations

South Washington Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street

  • Angled parking exists between Lincoln and Fourth and on-street parking would have to be converted to parallel parking to accommodate dedicated bicycle lanes. The Downtown Development Authority has indicated that the loss of over 30 parking spaces is undesirable. This area has relatively low traffic and  stress levels, so dedicated bike lanes are not being recommended.

South Washington Avenue north of Fourth Street

  • Lack of adequate road width, the rail road and intersections provide challenges to providing dedicated bicycle lanes. This area has relatively low traffic and stress levels, so dedicated bicycle lanes are not being recommended.
  • Staff recommends reviewing this area in the future as to determine if dedicated bicycle lanes could be incorporated should the road ever be reconstructed or widened.

Euclid Avenue and North Washington Avenue

  • On-street parking would have to be eliminated to accommodate dedicated bicycle lanes. This area has low traffic and stress levels, so dedicated bicycle lanes are not being recommended.
  • Widening the road in these areas to accommodate dedicated bicycle lanes would still require eliminating parking. Widening the road to accommodate dedicated bicycle lanes AND parking would eliminate all street trees and lawns. This would also be very costly.
  • Staff recommends reviewing this area in the future as to determine if dedicated bicycle lanes could be incorporated should the road ever be reconstructed or widened.
  • Euclid Avenue was chosen for the crossover due to its low traffic volumes and its distance from 12 Mile Road on Main Street and from Crooks Road on Washington Avenue, which are high traffic intersections.
  • A traffic signal is proposed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Main Street. This signal can be activated by cyclists and traffic on Euclid for continuing to north-bound Main Street.

Crossing Islands and Signal Timing

  • Pedestrian crossing islands are proposed at key points along Main Street and Washington Avenue where the city plans to incorporate a center left turn lane, which will make crossing the roadway easier for pedestrians.
  • In the future, the city will be reviewing the timing set for traffic signals along the route to optimize the timing to promote cycling and minimize wait times for crossing traffic and pedestrians.