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Chapter 2.2: Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition

Bicycle Planning: Why Planning for Bicycling is Important: a brief argument as to why community planners should involve bicycle planning in policies and designs.

Last Updated (Year): 2012

Year Produced: 2012


This guide provides information on how to accommodate bicycle travel and operations in most riding environments. It is intended to present sound guidelines that result in facilities that meet the needs of bicyclists and other highway users. Sufficient flexibility is permitted to encourage designs that are sensitive to local context and incorporate the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. However, in some sections of this guide, suggested minimum dimensions are provided. These are recommended only where further deviation from desirable values could increase crash frequency or severity.
This guide has been updated from the previous guide published in 1999. The fact that new guidance is presented herein does not imply that existing bicycle facilities are inadequate or unsafe, nor does it mandate the initiation of improvement projects. The intent of this document is to provide guidance to designers and planners by referencing a recommended range of design values and describing alternative design approaches.


The E's:Engineering

Ped Bike Activity:

  • Planning

Ped Bike Topic:

  • Bicycle Planning

Resource Type:

  • Guidance

Link to Content Source:

Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition