Jogging (It’s not what you think)

First off, this type of jogging simply has nothing to do with running.

“Jogs” refer to when a route moves from one street that ends to a parallel facility in order to continue. While jogs require the user to make some turns, it is still important that user to maintain a rather direct pathway towards their destination–otherwise, the route becomes inconvenient and requires a longer trip distance. In order to do this, the lateral movement from the first street to the second needs to be a short distance. In terms of bike facilities, bike boulevards (also called neighborhood greenways or quietways) use jogs between calm, local streets to deter motor vehicle traffic and create low-stress conditions.


The black arrows show how the Concord neighborhood greenway in Portland, OR “jogs” through local neighborhood streets.

Jogs can also be used along busy streets to create connections to lower-stress facilities. Two examples of jog cycle tracks can be found in Portland, OR. Along NE 33rd and SE 87th, the City of Portland has separated bike traffic from faster moving motor vehicles using two-way cycle tracks. Bicyclists are protected by the physical separation (includes grade separation between the sidewalk, cycle track, and street) and through dedicated signal phasing for crossing the busier street.

It is clear that jogs are useful in making safe connections. They require a moderate amount of funding and the dedication of right-of-way, which may require sacrifices in some on-street parking, street trees, sidewalk width, and the like. However, the benefits of filling in missing gaps in a low-stress bike network cannot be understated. After all, a network is only as strong as its weakest link. And, one weak link may compromise the safety of its users or discourage less confident riders from using the route altogether. Given this treatment, a busy street is no longer a problem we need to run from–but rather, we can jog around it.