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How are "Sharrows" or shared-lane markings used to improve bicyclist safety?
At present, shared-lane markings are not in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and thus are considered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to be an experimental treatment ( ...more >
What are the safety issues for shared use pathways?
A 12-foot wide shared path with uses separated in Boulder, Colorado. Image: City of Boulder Physically separated from roadways, shared use pathways usually accommodate a variety of two-way nonmotorized travel. ...more >
What is a state Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, and what are the Coordinator's primary responsibilities?
The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that all state departments of transportation have a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator or program manager. A coordinator's primary functions are to institutionalize nonmotorized transportation within a larger state agency and to increase the number of citizens safely bicycling and walking in the state. ...more >
Do pedestrians and bicyclists have the same wayfinding needs?
Bicycle destination signs are installed at decision points (i.e. where one signed route intersects another) on Chicago's signed route network. This consolidated signage array provides the " ...more >
Do roundabouts work for bicycles and pedestrians?
Modern roundabouts by their design require motorists to slow down typically to less than 25 mph (40 km/h), and preferably 15 mph (25 km/h) to proceed through the intersection. The literature shows that, ...more >
Do any airport authorities provide for long-term bicycle parking?
Victoria (British Columbia) International Airport introduced bicycle facilities in preparation for the 2004 Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference. Local advocates worked with the airport to identify projects to accommodate cyclists traveling and commuting to the airport. ...more >
How can our community promote walking and bicycling to people who are concerned about high gasoline prices?
High gasoline prices alone will inspire a few people to leave their cars at home and walk or bike. Communities that have already invested in sidewalks and/or a user-friendly bicycling system have a head start because these facilities will encourage novice walkers and bicyclists who might otherwise feel intimidated or overwhelmed. ...more >
What amenities should we consider in designing on-street facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists?
Pedestrians and bicyclists need to feel safe and welcome as they walk or ride along streets and when they cross streets. Specific amenities (facilities and services) usually flow out of pedestrian- and bicycle- ...more >
Which do bicyclists prefer: in-street loop detectors or traffic signal detectors with pole-mounted, video-actuated detectors?
An in-street loop detector requires a bicycle to be on top of it to trigger the traffic signal to change. A beginning bicyclist may not know how to trigger the loop detector. The cyclist may be confused when waiting on the side of the road and the light does not turn green. ...more >
What are communities doing to engage children so they help create walkable, bicycle-friendly communities?
The Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program is pioneering innovative ways to include children in planning processes consistent with its overall goal of making walking and bicycling safer and more convenient for children. ...more >