Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NACTO Urban Bike Guide Standards Poised to Go National

Peter Koonce, transportation engineer with the City of Portland, is reporting that the next edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices ("MUTCD")--which standardizes signs and traffic signals nationally--could incorporate 75% of the Urban Bike Guide released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials ("NACTO").  This was a directive from former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  Here's a LINK to Mr. Koonce's report from attending a Joint Signals/Bicycle meeting of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  National standardization of NACTO Guide recommendations means that more urban bike infrastructure will sweep the country.  NACTO--an association of transportation professionals in more than a dozen cities, including New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Chicago--prepared the Guide upon determining that MUTCD and AASHTO guidance for urban bike facilities was inadequate and out-of-date