Designing for bicycles

Must bicycle facilities be included in all projects?

FHWA requires that bicycle and pedestrian facilities be included in new roadway construction and reconstruction projects in all urbanized areas absent exceptional circumstances, 2010 FHWA Policy

What design standards apply to projects?

The AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities or equivalent guides developed with State and local officials are to be used to provide uniform minimum standards and criteria for the design and construction of bicycle facilities funded through federal aid projects.

WSDOT has endorsed the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide for use by our agency and our partner agencies.  In addition, FHWA has published guidance for separated bike lanes.

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