O’Fallon is a Bikeable/Walkable Community

The City of O’Fallon works to make walking and bicycling an integral part of daily life. We are committed to developing the City as a walkable and bikeable community, and attempt to include walking and cycling routes in many of our Public Works projects. To accomplish this, we use three primary approaches

  • Planning, implementing, and maintaining a network of bikeable paths and routes (both on-street and off) throughout the City
  • Encouraging secure bicycle parking
  • Educating people about the role of bicycle transportation in keeping our communities livable and encouraging safe riding by cyclists and driving by motorists

Where can I ride or walk?


Park Trails and Paths

Four of O'Fallon's parks have walking paths and trails. We've created easy-to-follow maps for each, and marked distances to within one-foot of accuracy.


Resources

Links for information about cycling in O’Fallon, including links to non-profit and governments groups working to promote cycling in and around O’Fallon.


Safety

Below are some recommendations for bicyclists and motorists to share the road safely. Bicyclists and motorists share the same rights – and the same responsibilities - when using our public roads.

Recommendations for bicyclists:

  • Wear a bike helmet.
  • Use lights at night - white in front, red in back.
  • Wear reflective or light-colored clothing.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic and use hand signals.
  • Ride single file and as far to the right as safe.
  • Move to the center of the lane when space is too narrow to share with a car.
  • Be predictable - don’t weave.

Recommendations for motorists: 

  • When passing, provide at least three feet of space between your vehicle and a bike. 
  • Look for bicyclists before opening a car door when you’re parked on the street. 
  • Remember that bicyclists sometimes have to move towards the middle of the lane when space is too small to share or to avoid debris or rough pavement near the curb.
  • Look for bicyclists when making turns - it’s easy to misjudge the speed of an oncoming bike.
  • Look for bicyclists before exiting a parking place or driveway.    

Symbols help everyone to share the road safely Click To Enlarge

 

What do the bike markings mean on streets?

Shared Lane Markings (Sharrows"): Shared lane markings on the pavement guide bicyclists to the safest location to ride. Shared lane markings alert automobile drivers to the presence of bicyclists and encourage bicyclists to ride outside of the door zone of parked cars. They can reduce wrong-way bicycling and tend to increase the distance between bicyclists and passing cars. Shared lane markings are generally used where there is not enough space for separate bicycle lanes and cyclists should be encouraged to use the full traffic lane.


Click To EnlargeBike Lane Marking: A bike lane is a portion of the roadway that has been designated by striping and pavement markings for use by bicyclists. Bike lanes give bicyclists and motorists their own, assigned and separate spaces on the road. Bike lane markings include a solid line and a stencil of a person on a bike with an arrow above to indicate the proper direction for travel. Bicyclists should always ride in the direction indicated by the arrow painted on the street.

These street markings are part of an ongoing effort to help motorists and bicyclists share the road safely.

Summary of Missouri Bicycle Laws

  • Cyclists shall signal when turning (307.192)
  • Bicycles shall be equipped with brakes (307.183), a white front light, and a rear red light or reflector (307.185)
  • Motor vehicles shall not park or idle in bicycle lanes (303.330)
  • Operators of motor vehicles shall maintain a safe distance when passing cyclists (300.411)
  • Cyclists shall not use the sidewalk in a business district (300.347)
  • If a red light does not change for a completely stopped cyclist after a reasonable time, the cyclist may proceed if there is no approaching traffic (304.285)
  • Bicycles are vehicles under Missouri law (307.180) and cyclists have the same rights and duties as operators of other vehicles (307.188)
  • Cyclists shall ride as far right as is safe except when making a left turn, when avoiding hazardous conditions, when the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, or when on a one-way street (307.190)
  • Cyclists may ride on the shoulder on the road, but are not required to (307.191)
  • Cyclists shall ride in the same direction as traffic (307.191)

Definitions

  • Bike lane – Designated striped bike lane on roadway
  • Bike route – Share the road signs for motorists and cyclists
  • Trail – paved walking area within a park
  • Nature trail – off road mulch walking area within a park
  • Share-use paths – asphalt/concrete paved surface at least 10 ft. wide