Bike Lane markings, signage, & trails

  • Lane markings and signage on Heights Drive, Freshcorn Road, and Powell Road, from Route 19 to Freedom Road
  • Lane markings along Mars Road.
  • Lane markings along the length of Graham School Rd.
  • Brush Creek Trail from Powell Road to Graham Park Dr.
  • Brush Creek Trail from Thorn Hill Industrial Park to Marshall Township
  • More about Bike Safety

What is a Shared Lanesharetheroad.jpg Marking (SLM) "sharrow" and what does it mean?

Though bicyclists are permitted on all roads, except for limited-access highways, a Shared Lane Marking (SLM) or “sharrow” is a marking on the road used to further specifically communicate that the road is to be shared by both motorists and bicyclists. Motorists should expect to see bicyclists in these zones and treat them like another vehicle. Markings may or may not be accompanied by “Share the Road” signs. Pennsylvania law states that whenever a motorist passes a bicyclist, the motorist must maintain at least four feet of space between the car and the bicyclist. The law also states that bicyclists must make reasonable efforts to not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

Questions & Answers about Cycle CT

sharedlane.jpgWhy can’t bicyclists just ride on the sidewalk?

Biking on sidewalks can be dangerous and is discouraged. Furthermore, Pennsylvania law prohibits biking on sidewalks in business districts or where there is a designated “Bicycle Only” lane available. When biking on a sidewalk is necessary, bicyclists must use extreme caution and remember that pedestrians have the right of way.

Why is Cranberry Township installing a bike network?

The Cranberry Plan, which was adopted in 2009, serves as the comprehensive plan for the entire Township to the year 2030. One of the major desires and needs identified by the public during the extensive planning process was to improve transit options and connectivity within the Township by making the community friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Bike and Pedestrian Connections Plan, a byproduct of the Cranberry Plan, was adopted by the Township’s Board of Supervisors in 2010. The plan spells out the goals and objectives of the Township, identifies both existing bike and pedestrian ways, proposes new segments and improvements, and provides design guidelines for the construction of these new segments and improvements. 

Was public input taken into consideration?

Yes, the Township considers public input the most important aspect of any planning initiative. The public was heavily involved in the planning processes for the Cranberry Plan as well as the Bike and Pedestrian Connections Plan through the means of workshops, committees, focus groups, and public meetings.

Who is paying for these improvements and who will maintain them?

Cranberry Township, generally, pays for these improvements except for those required to be installed by developers as part of a land development project. The Township also maintains all markings and signage along public roads. Private roads, such as Mackenzie Way in the Cranberry Crossroads development, are maintained by the property owner. The Township seeks opportunities for funding via grants and other means whenever possible.

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Bike Repair Stations

- One station is located in Graham Park and another in North Boundary Park. Each sheltered station includes all the necessary tools to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. While making repairs, the bike hangs from arms which allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely. The repair stations were purchased through the Alcoa grant and Butler County Tourism.

Bike Racks

- Fifteen bike racks are located on Township properties, thanks to a grant from Alcoa Foundation via Kawneer-Alcoa and a contribution from Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau.
Some bikeways are not appropriate for all riders as traffic and other conditions may require advanced riding skills. Discretion is advised. Parents are encouraged to accompany young children when riding.