What is a safe, low-stress bicycle network?
Low-stress bicycle infrastructure creates comfortable breathing room between motorized vehicles and people traveling by bike, usually using buffered or protected bike lanes or off-street pathways. In the places that cars and bikes must interact, like intersections, low-stress infrastructure uses paint, lane design, and sometimes dedicated traffic signals to make it clear to everyone on the road where they belong, and where they need to pay extra attention. We count a network as complete and low-stress if it allows users of all ages and abilities to get to any destination in the city without a high-stress encounter with motorized traffic, and without injury.
Check out this helpful primer on the many ways a city can implement protected bike lanes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCeSeUBmXwE
For more information about low-stress, connected bike networks in cities throughout the U.S., see these resources: