In 2010, cities banded together to develop a first-of-its-kind document: bikeway design guidance developed by cities, for cities. This manual, the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, sparked a design revolution in cities nationwide, where city ingenuity and values were elevated, in service of safe and vibrant streets and transportation networks. In the decade since the Guide was first published, redesigned city streets, for many decades an afterthought, are now widely seen as key to stemming North America’s safety, equity, and climate crises.
The Cities for Cycling network continues to gather the planners, engineers, and practitioners working to make biking better in their cities–and in the wider city transportation field. Through practice-informed publications and design guidance, peer network events like design charrettes, and technical conversation on our members-only listservs, NACTO creates a forum for city staff to engage with one another, and rapidly raise the state of practice for bikeway design in North America.
Cities, and the staff who power them, are the site of so much innovation, from the first protected bikeways in North America to current work with bike share and shared micromobility, low traffic streets, protected intersections, and planning for equity in bike networks. The NACTO method elevates best practices developed by cities, for cities–and raises the state of the practice everywhere.
Over 2022 and 2023, NACTO will be releasing the next chapters of bike design guidance for cities, by cities, including the long-awaited third edition of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
Over the next year (2022), we’ll be releasing several working papers expanding bikeway guidance. These papers will cover the most critical gaps in vetted guidance for cities, including best practices for data collection, network design, equitable network design, and scaling success to better meet the challenges of our time. And this work will feed into an even larger resource, with the first new edition of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide since 2014.
Read more about the next chapter of NACTO’s bike design guidance.