Mar 292013
 
Want to read the definitive bikeway standard? Pay $144.

The AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition is the definitive, nationally recognized set of standards governing key aspects of bikeway design, including bicycle facility design, planning and maintenance as well as bike parking.  It was released in 2012.  Please contact me if you want to view or borrow my copy. The document costs $144, even for individuals. The guide is used by thousands of government agencies across the U.S. to guide design and planning efforts.   However, citizens looking to review the document in order to participate in government decisions must either pay $144 for their own copy or find a hardcopy owned by someone else (or view the online version on the owner’s computer screen).  [...]

 Posted by at 3:07 pm on Mar 29, 2013  Comments Off
Jul 162012
 

From Courtland Milloy’s column in the Washington Post today: Well look who’s back: the Fenty brigade, led by true believers of former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty. Among them are my nemeses — whom I have referred to before as myopic twitsbecause of their inability to see that dog parks, bike paths and cupcake parlors do not make a “world-class city.” So yet another pundit or politician has trivialized bike facilities (he probably means bike lanes) by lumping them in with the most frivolous-sounding improvements he could think of.  Such tripe is usually reserved for Republicans.  This is from a Heritage Foundation article: [States'] limited resources are diverted from urgent infrastructure projects to so-called enhancements, such as flower plantings, bicycle and [...]

 Posted by at 10:30 am on Jul 16, 2012  Comments Off
Jul 082012
 
A plethora of bikeway design standards

This post updated March 29, 2013 to reflect new standards documents. Have you ever wanted to know the proper width of a bike lane, the maximum safe grade of a shared use path, or the correct configuration of bike lane lines painted in an intersection? Several bike-oriented standards and guides answer such questions, published at the federal, state, county and city levels.  Also some independent organizations publish guides for bikeway design and overall urban design. Here are documents at the national level that bike advocates should be familiar with: The definitive nationwide guide to bike facility design is 2012 Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, published by AASHTO.  Unfortunately it costs $144 for either a print or online copy [...]

 Posted by at 3:56 pm on Jul 8, 2012  Comments Off
Jun 292012
 

On Friday, Congress will did vote on a “compromise” transportation reauthorization bill that would does drastically cut funds provided to local jurisdictions for bike and pedestrian projects.  I assume regret to say that the bill will did pass. According to America Bikes: Congress will vote on a new transportation bill that reverses years of progress on biking and walking policy and cuts by 60 to 70 percent funding for local safety projects such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes. There’s more from that synopsis here.  Here is their detailed analysis. Prior years’ transportation bills always included funding for “transportation enhancements”.  That’s funding provided by the federal government to the states who in turn are required to award it to local [...]

 Posted by at 2:42 am on Jun 29, 2012  Comments Off
Mar 092012
 
U.S. Senate Transportation Bill amended to include biking/walking funds

Dedicated federal funding for biking and walking has been under assault this year in Congress.    Some Republican lawmakers have tried to eliminate the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program, the Safe Routes to Schools program, and the Recreational Trails program from the transportation reauthorization bill ( HR 7).  The TE program has funded the extremely useful Bethesda Trolley Trail bridges and the Rock Creek Trail bridge over Veirs Mill Rd.  Without this money many states would drastically cut bike/ped projects.  James Inhofe (R-OK), the lead Republican negotiator on the bill, declared that one of his top priorities for the transportation bill is to eliminate “frivolous spending for bike trails.” But things are looking up!  The Senate has accepted the Cardin-Cochran Amendment to its [...]

 Posted by at 11:14 am on Mar 9, 2012  Comments Off
Nov 082011
 

Gaithersburg bike advocate Alan Migdall wrote a great letter in the Washington Post supporting the federal Transportation Enhancements (TE)  program.    This vital program provides money to  states for new bike paths, pedestrian facilities, historical preservation,  etc.    The text of Alan’s letter: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) opposes using a small portion of transportation funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects [news story, Oct. 25 ]. He was quoted: “I know priorities are in the eye of the beholder, but what we lack is common sense.”  Given that 14 percent of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians and cyclists and that states often underfund sidewalks and bike lanes, one would think that spending at least 1 or 2 percent of transportation funding on “enhancements” that address [...]

 Posted by at 6:29 pm on Nov 8, 2011  Comments Off