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Non-Motorized User Safety: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

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March 2012

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Technical Documentation Page

1. Report No. FHWA


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Non-Motorized User Safety: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

5. Report Date

November 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors

Dan Nabors, Elissa Goughnour, Mike Sawyer

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-10-D-00022, T-10-002

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes:

The Task Manager for this document was Rosemarie Anderson, FHWA Office of Safety. The Technical Oversight Working Group included Anthony Aglio (Delaware Department of Transportation), David Averill (North Front Range MPO), Ann Chanecka (Pima Association of Governments), Ted Davini (Caltrans), Joseph F. Hacker (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), Jakob Helmboldt (City of Richmond, Virginia), Mark Hood (Pennoni Associates Inc.), Hillary Isebrands (FHWA), Regina Mahoney (Town of Milton, Vermont), Leslie Meehan (Nashville Area MPO), Paul Niehoff (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System), Greg Piland (FHWA), Chandra Ravada (East Central Intergovernmental Association), Tamara Redmon (FHWA), John B. Thomas (Frederick County, Maryland), and Caroline Trueman (FHWA). Contributions were made by the following: Dan Lovas, Kevin Moriarty, and Jakob Helmboldt. Graphic design was provided by Jorge Quinones. Images were provided by Dan Nabors, Elissa Goughnour, Frank Gross, Kevin Sitzman, Tamara Redmon, Dan Burden, and Ted Shafer.

16. Abstract

Many of the roads in the U.S. are non-Interstate, local and rural roads that are maintained and operated by local agencies, such as towns, counties, and Tribal governments. Non-motorized modes of travel, such as biking, walking, and riding horses or horse-drawn carriages can be expected along these roads and may face safety concerns when utilizing the same roadway as motorized travelers. This Non-Motorized User Safety Manual focuses on low-volume local rural roadways and rural villages and describes a process that can be used to address the safety of non-motorized users. It provides a concise "toolbox" of resources and information for addressing non-motorized safety concerns, and provides evaluation methods for locally-implemented initiatives to address the safety of non-motorized users.

17. Key Words

Non-motorized, Local, Rural, Rural Village, Toolbox, Implementation, Evaluation, Local Road, Safety.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages:


22. Price

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