Curry County’s non-motorized transportation network was also identified as a top priority based on an evaluation of its current facilities and the stress that people might experience while walking and biking on roadways. This section presents the preferred non-motorized alternatives for key urban and rural roadways in the county. The alternatives selected were assessed with the evaluation matrix and the least preferred or potentially more cost-prohibitive alternatives were not advanced.
The exhibit to the right presents the preferred non-motorized alternatives. Clicking the exhibit links will take you to a page to review the material and provide your input.
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Preferred Non-Motorized Alternatives in Rural Areas
Within rural areas and unincorporated communities, low volumes, low density, and constrained right-of-way conditions generally lend themselves to providing paved shoulders or shared roadways for people walking and biking. The majority of county-owned rural roadway segments have a projected average daily traffic (ADT) below 400 and up to 1,500. Many of these roadways do not provide any non-motorized facilities. While low vehicular volumes make biking fairly comfortable on rural roads, people walking or rolling would need a paved shoulder.
Preferred Non-Motorized Alternatives in Urban Areas
Within urban areas, buffered bicycle lanes and sidewalks are generally needed to provide comfortable facilities for people walking and biking. The County’s urban roadway network has ADT that ranges from below 400 to over 3,000 and posted speeds that range between 25 to 55 MPH. Many of these roadways lack walking or biking facilities, but they are required to increase comfort for people walking and biking. Generally, 6' bike lanes or 7' buffered bike lanes are recommended for roadways in more urban areas.
US 101 Preferred Alternatives
The 2022 Oregon Coast Bike Route Plan has both general and specific bicycle recommendations for US 101 through the county that would benefit people walking and biking in the rural areas. Recommendations in that plan will govern, but additional treatments highlighted in the exhibit may support the plan or be supplemental.