NACTO publishes Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO recently published their Urban Bikeway Design Guide which helps “is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.”

The Urban Bikeway Design Guide gives guidelines for designing Bike Lanes, Cycle Ways, Intersections, Signals and Signage.

by Steven Higashide of Mobilizing the Region


new design guide for bike facilities, developed by transportation officials from the largest American cities, should be a valuable resource for cities throughout the region which are working to embrace and accommodate cycling. The National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Urban Bikeway Design guide, released last month, features best practices for bike lanes, “cycle tracks,” and bicycle signals, intersection treatments, and signs. The manual was developed after a detailed review of design in bike-friendly cities around the world.

Like the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Traffic Control Devices and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ design guidelines, the guide’s developers hope local and state governments will formally adopt the design manual as guidance for planners and engineers — or that the guide’s recommendations will be adopted by FHWA and AASHTO.

While New York City’s recent implementation of cutting-edge cycling improvements is well known, smaller cities like HobokenNew Haven, and New Rochelle have also added bike infrastructure in recent years. The design guide is a product of NACTO’s Cities for Cycling initiative, a clearinghouse of best practices launched by the association in 2009. NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan is NACTO’s president.

Image & Video: Via NACTO

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