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Learning the rules of building first-rate bicycle facilities

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Have you ever been out on a bike ride and seen something that didn’t look quite right? Or would you like to advocate for bicycling so your community can have first-rate bicycle facilities?

For starters, it takes knowing the rules and guidelines for road development. Those are researched and published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Recently I heard that AASHTO created the fourth edition of Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. I thought it would be good to have a .pdf copy of that for reference. I followed the links to it and was horrified to discover that it cost $144 (only $120 if you’re an AASHTO).

This morning I learned from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington that a free, 7-part  webinar series explaining the new AASHTO Bike Guide as available through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group.

If you’re in urban planning, the webinars also are approved for 1.5CM credits each by the American Planning Association.

The series starts in August, so sign up soon at Walkinginfo.org.


Here are the topics:

Aug. 10, 2012: Overview of Revised AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities

Aug. 22, 2012: Bicycle Planning

Sept. 4, 2012: Road Facilities Part 1: Bike Lanes

Sept. 18, 2012: On-Road Facilities Part 2: Shared Lanes, Paved Shoulders, Bicycle Boulevards and Traffic Signals

Oct. 9, 2012: Off Road Facilities: Shared Use Path Design

Oct. 23, 2012: Off Road Facilities: Share Use Path – Roadway Intersection Design

Nov. 6, 2012: Maintenance and Operations

 

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