Bicycle Policy / Federal Highway Administration / FHWA / Mobility / United States
Mobycon Supports FHWA New Bikeway Resource Guide
As US cities work hard to improve the quality of bikeways, there is an ever-growing need for practical resources to help stay ahead of new developments within the field. It is for this reason that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) set out to develop a new resource to support transportation practitioners in making informed decisions about trade-offs relating to the selection of bikeway types.
Mobycon was pleased to collaborate with the FHWA, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, and Toole Design Group to advise on the development of this important resource. Our role was to ensure that the guide was well positioned within the context of international best practices and decision-making tools. Our recommendations not only referenced the highly regarded CROW “Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic”, but how to adapt it to the US context. This included careful integration of Dutch Sustainable Safety principles. This proactive safe systems approach to Dutch Vision Zero has evolved over the past 30 years, resulting in world-renowned bicycle facilities that cross the entire nation. The goal was not to copy international best practices but to draw inspiration when developing a made-in-America approach to bikeways.
The recently approved guide incorporates and builds upon the FHWA’s active support for design flexibility and connected, safe, and comfortable bicycle networks. This guide references existing national resources and outlines a process for balancing trade-offs by identifying the desired bikeway type, assessing and refining potential options, and evaluating feasibility. The hope is that this resource will accelerate the delivery of high-quality multimodal projects that improve safety for everyone and meet the transportation needs for people of all ages and abilities.
Stay tuned for FHWA updates on free ongoing technical assistance over the next two years. To learn more about Mobycon’s role on the project or how we work with clients and partners in the US, please contact Mary Elbech.
‘I believe that to create cities that work for every one, you have to tell a great story. Promoting multi-modal transportation to a mainstream audience means sharing the stories of the people who benefit from making communities more walkable and bikeable, and showing what is possible if we rethink the way we design our streets and public spaces. I strive to inspire people to create places where children can flourish, and where the simple act of moving through their city is a safe, simple, and enjoyable act.’