Determination of Appropriate Railing Heights for Bicyclists


National Cooperative Highway Research Program, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

The objectives of this study include the following:

  • Research the history of the adoption of bicycle railing heights
  • Survey state DOTs to identify practices regarding the use of bicycle rails and any history of incidents involving bicycles and rails
  • Survey European countries with significant bicycle usage to identify railing height practices
  • Survey bicycle advocacy groups to determine opinions and concerns of constituents
  • Outline the relative benefits and liabilities of a 1.1-meter (42-inch) versus a 1.4-meter (54-inch) railing height
  • Determine the critical heights for bicycle railings
  • Develop criteria for using the determined appropriate bicycle railing height

Filed in: Engineering, Crashes and Safety

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