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Is my state or city required to have a bicycle and/or pedestrian coordinator?
Federal transportation law requires every state to have at least a part-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in their Department of Transportation. Most states have chosen to make the position full- ...more >
How can we accommodate baby strollers and bicycles on outdoor staircases?
An important consideration in answering this question is the need to keep the staircase compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA specifications and guidelines can be quite stringent and are enforced as a civil rights issue by the U. ...more >
What is a state Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, and what are the Coordinator's primary responsibilities?
The 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that all state departments of transportation have a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator or program manager. A coordinator's primary functions are to institutionalize nonmotorized transportation within a larger state agency and to increase the number of citizens safely bicycling and walking in the state. ...more >
Do pedestrians and bicyclists have the same wayfinding needs?
Bicycle destination signs are installed at decision points (i.e. where one signed route intersects another) on Chicago's signed route network. This consolidated signage array provides the " ...more >
What objections might homeowners make to installing sidewalks in their neighborhoods and how can I address these concerns?
Walking is the most recommended form of exercise. People are more likely to do it when the "gym" is just outside the door. Yet landowner objections sometimes result in disconnected sidewalk systems that make walking in neighborhoods or on work breaks difficult and/ ...more >
How can our community promote walking and bicycling to people who are concerned about high gasoline prices?
High gasoline prices alone will inspire a few people to leave their cars at home and walk or bike. Communities that have already invested in sidewalks and/or a user-friendly bicycling system have a head start because these facilities will encourage novice walkers and bicyclists who might otherwise feel intimidated or overwhelmed. ...more >
What are communities doing to engage children so they help create walkable, bicycle-friendly communities?
The Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program is pioneering innovative ways to include children in planning processes consistent with its overall goal of making walking and bicycling safer and more convenient for children. ...more >
What are Park Once and Walk policies or programs?
A Park Once and Walk program encourages walking through the strategic placement and pricing of parking. These programs create a pedestrian-friendly environment through the use of policies, codes, planning and management efforts that design parking facilities ( ...more >
What is congestion pricing?
Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >
What factors are important in designing a safe street for pedestrians?
Pedestrians must be included as a matter of course in the planning and design of roadway plans. This includes reconstruction, repaving, and retrofits of existing streets. Only by integrating pedestrian facilities wholesale will the transportation system work in totality. ...more >