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Urban Bikeway Design Guide Released

Published October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) president and New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have announced that the Urban Bikeway Design Guide is now available in print.

The Guide was developed by cities for cities to share knowledge, experience and best practices in engineering bikeways. This latest iteration offers the same expertise and insight, providing any city with a robust toolkit flexible enough to tailor treatments to the needs of each city’s street network to achieve larger safety, sustainability and transportation goals. The officials unveiled the new print edition in front of the Bikestation at Union Station.

“Now more than ever U.S. cities need knowledge-based resources to create streets that work better and are safer for bicyclists,” said Sadik-Khan. “While the Urban Bikeway Design Guide easily provides the how-to, we must commit to making critical investments so these projects don’t stall as they move from concept to execution.”

"As an avid cyclist myself, I'm proud of all the things that we in the Obama Administration are doing to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for Americans to use their bicycles to get from one place to another," said LaHood. "With more and more Americans choosing to commute by bicycle, I look forward to working with organizations like NACTO and cities and towns across America to improve opportunities for cyclists."

The Guide was written by national and international experts and guided by the transportation, streets and public works departments of 15 of the largest U.S. cities. In it, detailed plan drawings, bike-facility designs, and lessons learned from completed U.S. bike projects provide a balance of both research and practical experience for developing safer, more attractive streets that accommodate and encourage bicycling.

The Guide has been endorsed by city leaders and transportation officials around the country and endorsed unanimously by the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Officials (APBP) board.

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