Fitchburg maintains a large network of paved paths, paved shoulders, bike lanes, and designated bike routes to support biking as an integral transportation mode within and throughout the city.
Fitchburg Bike Map
In April 2010, a Fitchburg bike map was developed, and updated in 2013, as a collaborative effort between the City of Fitchburg and the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce. It is pocket-size and chock-full of valuable information to enhance your biking experience in Fitchburg! Hard copies of the map are available at City Hall and the Fitchburg Chamber office. An online map is also available.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
In 2008 Fitchburg reviewed and updated its bicycle and pedestrian plan. Several public hearings were held and the plan was adopted on July 22, 2008. The recommendations in the plan offer a long term, measured approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements for the city. The Bicycle Recommendation Map provides an overview of the bicycle related projects that are included in the plan. Improvements to the biking system are currently underway, please go to the Engineering & Construction page for more information.
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs)
What is an RRFB?
A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, or RRFB, is a pedestrian-activated
warning device that consists of yellow LED rectangular flashing lights
that draw attention to the crossing and provide information to
approaching traffic that a bicyclist or pedestrian is trying to cross
the street. Once the RRFB is activated, the rectangular-shaped beacons
will begin to flash in an alternating, irregular pattern that is similar
to emergency flashers on police vehicles.
What are the safety benefits of an RRFB?
RRFBs are low-cost safety improvements that have been proven to enhance
pedestrian safety at uncontrolled, mid-block crosswalk locations. The top three benefits of an RRFB are:
1. Improved "yield to pedestrian" compliance from motorists,
2. Increased visibility and awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists who wish to cross the street, and
3. Clearly communicates with approaching motorists that there may be
someone in the marked crosswalk when the beacons are flashing, reducing
the threat of a rear-end crash for motorists who are yielding to a path