Bicycle Maps

These maps are a representation of bicycle facilities available as of June 2018, based on publicly available geographical information systems data. Facilities may differ from those indicated on the map and may not meet your comfort level for bicycling to school. These maps are not a recommendation of a route, but are provided to inform you of the available facilities near the school. It is highly recommended that parents walk or ride the planned route with their student prior to allowing them to ride to and from school. Map updates are planned in June of 2021.



Each map provides information about roadway speed, pathways, paved shoulders, cross walks, and boundaries.

Roadway Speed

  • 25 mph roadways are typically low volume, low speed roads where drivers expect bicycles and pedestrians because of the presence of houses, driveways and a “neighborhood” feel. These roads can be useful connections in a bike route to and from school.
  • 30‐35 mph roadways carry higher volumes of vehicles and are only recommended if wide shoulders or designated bicycle lanes are provided on the roadway. Adults are recommended to use these roads with caution and children should be confident riders to use these higher speed roads when biking to and from school.
  • 40+ mph roadways are not recommended for biking.

Non-Motorized Facilities

  • Sidewalks are elevated surfaces of concrete or asphalt that provide a facility other than the road surface for non‐motorized traffic. Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks, but bicyclists can use sidewalks with caution.
  • Bike lanes are striped lanes on roadways that provide a designated space for bicycles. This space is a minimum of 5 feet and is sometimes separated from the vehicle lanes by a striped buffer zone.
  • Shared Use Paths are completely separated from roadways and provide space only for bicyclists and pedestrians. These paths typically do not follow roads, but are high comfort facilities for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Paved Shoulders

  • 3’ paved shoulders are wide enough to allow bicyclists to be out of the flow of traffic, but are narrower than the minimum width of a sidewalk or bike lane. Confident riders may wish to use these shoulders as part of a bike route to and from school. These paved shoulders can start and stop without notice and riders should be familiar with their route.
  • 4’+ paved shoulders are as wide as sidewalks and sometimes almost as wide as vehicle lanes. These shoulders provide a place for a greater range of ages and abilities of bicyclists to ride comfortably. These paved shoulders can start and stop without notice and riders should be familiar with their route.


While all intersecting roadways are legal crossings, marked crossings and marked crossings with enhanced flashing beacons are important parts of a non‐motorized route to school. Bicyclists should dismount and walk their bikes across crosswalks, not ride.

One Mile Boundary

Outside of a 1‐mile boundary, Northshore School District Transportation typically provides busing services for all school‐age children.