Synthesis of National Best Practices on Pedestrian and Bicycle Design, Guidance and Technology Innovations

Transportation infrastructure design and guidance documents supporting the mobility of motor vehicles have advanced more rapidly than guidance for other modes such as walking or bicycling. And while MDOT has prioritized being multimodal and following context sensitive principles, there are opportunities to be realized by a thorough review of what strides have been made nationally and can be brought back to MDOT’s guidance and design processes. Pedestrians and bicycles are the most vulnerable road users and are found along, or across, much of the transportation network – a network that MDOT has very little ownership of. However, MDOT is a resource for scoping, design, implementation, etc. for local agencies as well that make up the bulk of the roadway ownership. While progress has been made over the last decade, and MDOT is working through the (M2D2) spell out process; a comprehensive review of the Departments scoping and design guidance, along with a comparison of national efforts and best practices supporting active transportation could accelerate our efforts. This review is to be followed by recommendations related to: traffic signing traffic signal, and operational technologies to minimize excessive delays or detours and improve roadway crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, recommendations on geometric design changes that can improve user visibility, improving access, safety and mobility for people who travel on foot or by bicycle should be considered.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Michigan Department of Transportation

      Murray Van Wagoner Building
      425 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 30050
      Lansing, MI  United States  48909
    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan State University, East Lansing

      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      Institute for Community Development
      East Lansing, MI  United States  48824-1226
    • Principal Investigators:

      Gates, Timothy

    • Start Date: 20190401
    • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01776464
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 2019‐0369
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 13 2021 3:12PM