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Does our city need a bicycle plan and/or a pedestrian plan? What are the advantages or disadvantages of combining the two?
Cities need bicycle and pedestrian plans both to assess current conditions and to set forth policies, programs and projects to make walking and bicycling more desirable. Commonly, such plans contain existing facility improvement and new construction recommendations. ...more >
Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?
It varies by state. All states prohibit cyclists on at least some limited access divided express highways. Several states — Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — permit bikes on virtually all interstates. ...more >
What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in developing a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, ...more >
What are the considerations in using portable bicycle racks for special events?
Washington Area Bicyclist Association offers valet bicycle parking at the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo: WABA. Ample bicycle parking at special events that is properly sited and well promoted may decrease traffic congestion and promote personal health by encouraging event attendees to arrive by bicycle. ...more >
What is congestion pricing?
Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >
I'd like to see colored bike lanes in my community. What color should we use and what impact with they have?
Many European countries use colored bike lanes to demarcate space for bicyclists and to draw motorists' attention to the bike lanes. The Danes use blue, the Dutch use red, the British use red or green, ...more >
Is it true that trails and bike paths are more dangerous than roads?
There's an oft-quoted statistic that riding on a bike paths is 2.6 times more dangerous than riding on the road. The number comes from a 1974 masters thesis study of adult cyclists that was used by author John Forester in his book & ...more >
How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?
It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >
How many people ride bikes?
There is no clear and absolutely correct number, because bicycle usage varies widely - from children riding to school to people commuting to work to racers going for training rides. Collecting bicycle counts can be time- ...more >
Does the Federal government have a policy on bicycle access to interstates?
No. The Federal Highway Administration considers bike access to interstates strictly a state decision and has no policy on this issue. ...more >