A coalition of transportation commissioners from major American cities launched a new design manual for bicycle-friendly streets today, announcing its release in Washington, D.C. at the League of American Bicyclists 2011 Bicycle Summit.
The new “Urban Bikeway Design Guide” is a publication of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an association that shares transportation practices and experience among its members and represents cities in national transportation issues.
NACTO undertook the project because many of its members found existing design manuals inadequate for their efforts to promote bicycle transportation.
To create the Guide, officials from NACTO cities and a team of top planners and designers launched NACTO’s Cities for Cycling project and conducted an extensive survey of expert knowledge, from existing design guidelines from countries and cities around the world to innovative projects in the U.S.
“NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide gives American planners and designers the tools they need to make cycling accessible to more people,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner and President of NACTO.” These
guidelines represent the state of the art and should be adopted as the new standards around the country.”
The focus of the guide is street facilities, including cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, which provide more separation
between cyclists and motor vehicle traffic. Guide users can view detailed plan drawings, three-dimension renderings of the
designs, and pictures of actual projects from around the country. The NACTO Guide can be adopted by individual cities, counties, or states as either a stand-alone document or as a supplement to other roadway guidance documents.
Development of the Guide was supported by the SRAM Cycling Fund and the Bikes Belong Foundation. The Urban Bikeway Design Guide is an interactive document that can be found online at