Design Guidelines & Other Resources


 

There are several resources and published guidelines for designing and implementing active transportation facilities including trails and on-street bikeways. Below are resources to aid in the process of successfully completing bicycle and pedestrian facilities in your community.

Also listed below are various other resources, including guidance for developing master plans, tools for soliciting data related to active roadway users, and more.

 

Title

Organization

Year

A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and StreetsAASHTO2011
Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th EditionAASHTO2012
Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian FacilitiesAASHTO2004
Roadside Design GuideAASHTO2011
Essentials of Bike Parking: Selecting and Installing Bike Parking That Works  [PDF]APBP2015
A Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced SafetyFHWA2003
Bicycle and Pedestrian Guidance for State and Local GovernmentsFHWA2019
Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects  [PDF]FHWA2016
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control DevicesFHWA2009
Resource Guide for Separating Bicyclists from Traffic   [PDF]FHWA2018
Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design GuideFHWA2015
Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at InterchangesITE2016
Traffic Control Devices HandbookITE2013
Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach  [PDF]ITE/CNU2010
Global Design GuideNACTO2016
Transit Street Design GuideNACTO2016
Urban Bikeway Design GuideNACTO2012
Urban Bikeway Design Guide (Don't Give Up at the Intersection)NACTO2019
Urban Street Design GuideNACTO2013
Guide for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at (Alternative) Intersections and InterchangesNCHRP2021
Guidance to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at IntersectionsNCHRP2020
Highway Capacity ManualTRB2010
Part 9: Traffic Controls for Bicycle Facilities [PDF]TxDOT2011
Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices [PDF]TxDOT2011
TxDOT Bicycle Accommodation GuidanceTxDOT2021
TxDOT Roadway Design Manual: Chapter 2 (Basic Design Criteria), Section 6 (Cross Sectional Elements):  Sidewalks and Pedestrian ElementsTxDOT2020
TxDOT Roadway Design Manual: Chapter 6 (Special Facilities), Section 4:  Bicycle FacilitiesTxDOT2022
 

 

Title

Agency

Year

 
NCTCOG
Mobility 2045: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan [PDF]NCTCOG2018
Trails and Bikeway Master Plan TemplateNCTCOG 
How Local Governments and Non-Profits Can Partner Together for Trails [PDF]NCTCOG 
Complete Streets and Context Sensitive DesignNCTCOG 
Look Out Texans NCTCOG 
Active Transportation Legislation and ResourcesNCTCOG 
Bicycle and Pedestrian Healthy Initiatives NCTCOG 
Bicycle Friendly Communities and Organizations NCTCOG 
Economic Benefits of Active TransportationNCTCOG 
Shared-Use Design Plans for Green Bicycle Parking (Parklet Pilot Project in Dallas)NCTCOG2020
TxDOT
TxDOT Bicycle ResourcesTxDOT 
TxDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation ToolkitTxDOT 
TxDOT Bicycle Tourism Trails StudyTxDOT 
TxDOT Bicycle Advisory CommitteeTxDOT 
TxDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Program TxDOT 
TxDOT Dallas District Bicycle ProgramTxDOT 
TxDOT Fort Worth District Bicycle ProgramTxDOT 
Safety
USDOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan [PDF]USDOT2020
Bicycle Intersection Safety Index   [PDF]FHWA2007
BikeSafeFHWA 
PedSafe FHWA 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT)FHWA2021
Groups and Coalitions
Complete Streets CoalitionSGA 
Rails to Trails ConservancyRTTC 
Bike League of America: Commute by BikeLAB 
Information Centers
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center FHWA 
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation CenterITE 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Design Resource Index PBIC 
Online Tools and Guides
Pedestrian Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool  (PBCAT)FHWA 
Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt ListsFHWA 
Bikeway Selection Guide  [PDF]FHWA2019
Interactive Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) Tool for PedestriansNHTSA 
Oncor Hike and Bike Trail GuidelinesOncor2014
Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations USDOT2010


 

 

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