Update of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities was published in 2012 but written in 2009 based on a plan developed in 2004. The bicycle transportation field is evolving rapidly so it is important to ensure the guidance is current. Even while the AASHTO guide was being developed, new types of bicycle facilities and treatments were being considered and installed in the United States. As evidence of this, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) published Separated Bikeways in 2013 and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) published the Urban Bikeway Design Guide in 2012 that included several design elements not included or only briefly mentioned in the AASHTO Guide (e.g., bike boxes, green lanes, cycle tracks, bicycle signals). In August 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility memorandum supporting the use of the AASHTO Guide, NACTO Guide, and ITE report to "further develop nonmotorized transportation networks, particularly in urban areas." Many state departments of transportation (DOTs) would like to see additional research on innovative bicycle treatments so that they can make better informed decisions at the project level, including consideration of the tradeoffs between the different modes of traffic using the road. The AASHTO Guide covers all aspects of bicycle planning and design for on-road and off-road bikeways, including fundamental operating characteristics of bicyclists and geometric design. It is referred to in the FHWA memorandum as the "primary national resource for planning, designing, and operating bicycle facilities" so there is a need to keep it accurate and up to date. The objective of the research is to update the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and develop a draft guide suitable for review and balloting by the AASHTO Technical Committee on Nonmotorized Transportation.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 15-60

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20141111
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37546

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543356
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 15-60
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:01AM