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Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Natl Assoc of City Transportation Offici, ..

2014, XII, 248 p.


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  • Updated layout and new design
  • Models and visuals of successfully implemented projects
  • Clear and accessible language to reach beyond the engineering audience to decision-makers
  • Updated to include bike boulevards, which increase safety and are becoming increasingly popular across the country

The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Second Edition, is based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world. Completely re-designed with an accessible, four-color layout, this second edition continues to build upon the fast-changing state of the practice at the local level. The designs in this book were developed by cities for cities, since unique urban streets require innovative solutions.

To create the Guide, the authors conducted an extensive worldwide literature search from design guidelines and real-life experience. They worked closely with a panel of urban bikeway planning professionals from NACTO member cities and from numerous other cities worldwide, as well as traffic engineers, planners, and academics with deep experience in urban bikeway applications. The Guide offers substantive guidance for cities seeking to improve bicycle transportation in places where competing demands for the use of the right-of-way present unique challenges.

First and foremost, the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Second Edition will help practitioners make good decisions about urban bikeway design. The treatments outlined in this updated Guide are based on real-life experience in the world's most bicycle friendly cities and have been selected because of their utility in helping cities meet their goals related to bicycle transportation. Praised by Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as an “extraordinary piece of work,” the Guide is an indispensable tool every planner must have for their daily transportation design work.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Bicycling - Bike lane - Innovative street design - Street - Transportation

Related subjects » Environmental Health & Public Health

Table of contents 



Bike Lanes

Conventional Bike Lanes

Buffered Bike Lanes

Contra-Flow Bike Lanes

Left-Side Bike Lanes

Cycle Tracks

One-Way Protected Cycle Tracks

Raised Cycle Tracks

Two-Way Cycle Tracks


Bike Boxes

Intersection Crossing Markings

Two-Stage Turn Queue Boxes

Median Refuge Island

Through Bike Lanes

Combined Bike Lane/Turn Lane

Cycle Track Intersection Approach


Bicycle Signal Heads

Signal Detection and Actuation

Active Warning Beacon for Bike Route at Unsignalized Intersection

Hybrid Beacon for Bike Route Crossing of Major Street

Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Signing and Marking

Colored Bike Facilities

Colored Pavement Material Guidance

Shared Lane Markings

Bike Route Wayfinding

Bicycle Boulevards

Route Planning

Signs and Pavement Markings

Speed Management

Volume Management

Minor Street Crossings

Major Street Crossings

Offset Intersections

Green Infrastructure



Design Guide Project Teams


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