The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) “Cities for Cycling” committee released their much-anticipated Urban Bikeway Design Guide today. The Guide is a collection of innovative infrastructure designs from some of the best bicycling cities in the U.S and abroad. Even though the treatments in the Guide are already in use in some U.S. cities, most are not directly referenced in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities or the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the two primary documents used by highway engineers when designing bicycle facilities. The hope is that the Guide will provide the necessary tools for cities to move forward with implementing these newer designs while also encouraging their adoption into the MUTCD and AASHTO Guide.
An added plus is that the NACTO Guide is chock-full of eye-candy for you infrastructure geeks in the crowd… ;-)