BICYCLE FACILITY DESIGN REVIEW/OPERATING SPACE
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Operating space takes into account the dimensions necessary for exclusive and preferential operation of a bicycle including the space needed to ride comfortably and safely under different conditions. It also considers the unique needs related to powering a bicycle and staying balanced. Operating space may take into account that the facility may have multiple users (including non-bicyclists) traveling at different speeds who all need space to safely maneuver and pass each other.
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Guide for Reviewing Public Road Design and Bicycling Accommodations for Virginia Bicycling Advocates