The New NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Today, OpenPlans launched a redesign of the National Association of City Transportation Officials website, along with the new Urban Bikeway Design Guide developed with Alta Planning. The guide is a collection of 21 innovative bikeway treatments designed to provide “state-of-the-practice” solutions that practitioners can reference to make their streets more livable, and help promote safe bicycling.

NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide gives American planners and designers the tools they need to make cycling accessible to more people. These guidelines represent the state of the art and should be adopted as the new standards around the country.

–Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC DOT Commissioner and NACTO President

The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide has a few things going for it that existing guides don’t. Namely, a more extensive focus on highly-developed urban areas where biking, walking, and public transit are more prevalent. And as an online living document, it can easily be updated as best practices change and evolve. Other bikeway design references—such as AASHTO‘s Guide to Bikeway Facilities and the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices)—focus more on motor vehicles and only exist in forms that are difficult to update. And with 48 real-world city projects (and more to come), the new NACTO Guide shows awesome examples of treatments in practice around the world.

We’re very excited about this launch, and glad take part in creating what’s sure to be a valuable resource for bikeway design and planning.