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NACTO President Sadik-Khan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Announce Release of Urban Bikeway Design Guide

Oct 14, 2011

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) President and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer today announced that the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the most comprehensive resource for creating safer, more attractive and livable streets for everyone through better designed bikeways, is now available in print. The Guide was developed by cities for cities to share knowledge, experience and best practices in engineering bikeways. This latest iteration offers the same expertise and insight, providing any city with a robust toolkit flexible enough to tailor treatments to the needs of each city’s street network to achieve larger safety, sustainability and transportation goals. The officials unveiled the new print edition in front of the Bikestation at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

“Now more than ever, U.S. cities need knowledge-based resources to create streets that work better and are safer for bicyclists,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner and NACTO President. “While the Urban Bikeway Design Guide easily provides the how-to, we must commit to making critical investments so these projects don’t stall as they move from concept to execution.”

“As an avid cyclist myself, I’m proud of all the things that we in the Obama Administration are doing to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for Americans to use their bicycles to get from one place to another,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “With more and more Americans choosing to commute by bicycle, I look forward to working with organizations like NACTO and cities and towns across America to improve opportunities for cyclists.”

“The NACTO Design Guide is an important next step as communities across the country try to make bicycling a safer, more accessible and more enjoyable transportation option,” said Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer. “I only wish that we had this guide when we started our bicycle network in Portland 25 years ago. I am proud of the important contributions that Portland has made both to this guide and to the movement.”

The Guide was written by national and international experts and guided by the transportation, streets and public works departments of 15 of the largest U.S. cities. In it, detailed plan drawings, bike-facility designs, and lessons learned from completed U.S. bike projects provide a balance of both research and practical experience for developing safer, more attractive streets that accommodate and encourage bicycling. The Guide has been officially endorsed city leaders and transportation officials around the country and endorsed unanimously by the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Officials (APBP) board.

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NACTO encourages the exchange of transportation ideas, insights and practices among large cities while advocating for a federal transportation policy that prioritizes investment in infrastructure in the nation’s large cities and their metropolitan areas – home to a majority of Americans and hubs of economic activity. Large city transportation officials are investing in innovative public transportation, bike, pedestrian and public space projects to create more sustainable, livable, healthy, and economically competitive cities.