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How can we accommodate baby strollers and bicycles on outdoor staircases?
An important consideration in answering this question is the need to keep the staircase compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA specifications and guidelines can be quite stringent and are enforced as a civil rights issue by the U. ...more >
What is a bicycle boulevard?
Bicycle boulevards are low-volume streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through traffic calming and diversion, signage and pavement markings, and intersection crossing treatments. Bicycle boulevards are shared roadway facilities that, ...more >
What on-road signs are appropriate where a trail crosses a roadway?
Advance warning signs that define the upcoming crossing condition to approaching motorists are useful to provide notice and create awareness of the subsequent crossing. Warning signs are black on yellow, ...more >
What is a cycle track?
Cycle tracks, also known as sidepaths, are separated bicycle facilities that run alongside a roadway. Unlike bike lanes, cycle tracks are typically separated from automobile traffic by a physical barrier, ...more >
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 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 Complete Streets and why should we build them?
Complete streets are designed and operate to enable safe and convenient access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. ...more >
How have other communities designed riverfront bicycle and walking trails?
Communities take different approaches to waterfront trails depending on the expected traffic volumes and environmental impacts of constructing trails. In Victoria, British Columbia, trails are sometimes built with landscaping between the trail and a watercourse to absorb runoff from the trail and to preserve more natural landscapes along stream banks or other watercourses. ...more >