Ever wonder how your local engineers determine how wide to make your bike lane? Have you pondered why your local planners made your bike path the width that it is? When it comes to these types of decision, it’s likely they looked to AASHTO for guidance.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently released their Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. This long-awaited update includes many wonky measures and standards that your local engineers and planners are using to provide your community with safe bicycle facilities. Just one example? Thanks to this new fourth edition of the Guide, bike paths being designed and planned now are suggested to be at least 10 feet for bicyclists, a two-foot increase from the third edition in 1999.
This is exciting and important stuff so the League has teamed up with Toole Design Group, PBIC, the Federal Highway Administration, and AASHTO to deliver in-depth training across the country to our Bicycle Friendly America partners, local governments, and advocates.
The first training was here in the Washington D.C. region last week. The morning opened with League president Andy Clark welcoming all 35 participants, followed by Toole Design Group — a national firm that specializes in multi-modal planning and key contributors to the Guide — giving the nuts and bolts of the training. In addition to private consultants and bike advocates, seven Washington D.C. region local governments were represented!
The new AASHTO Bike Guide is a key resource for transportation professionals in designing, building, modernizing, and preserving safe and efficient bicycle facilities. Check out our Find It page to see if it is happening in your region.
Here is a list of upcoming trainings:
Register for a training in your region today!
Alison DeweyDewey joined the League in 2008. For four years prior to that, Dewey worked for Massachusetts- based Landry’s Bicycles and served on the board of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Dewey has a MA in International Relations and Communications from Boston University and is a graduate of St. Olaf College. She spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.
League Program Manager, BFB & BFU