Posted on May 22, 2012 3:40 PM
Building bicycle and pedestrian facilities in urban communities
The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report examining practices and program characteristics associated with high levels of non-motorized travel. The study features case studies from three California cities – Davis, Palo Alto, and San Luis Obispo. These case studies are intended to illustrate how urban communities can better integrate non-motorized transportation modes into the existing physical infrastructure, as well as reach out to and educate community residents and employees on the benefits of walking and cycling.
The study recognizes that, while many manuals, handbooks, and guides on planning and designing bicycle and pedestrian facilities already exist, there is little indication about which of the varied treatments in these guides work well for users. While some cities are highly acclaimed for deploying bicycle-friendly and walking facilities, mostlag behind and lack the resources to assess what is needed to integrate these facilities with other means of travel. This study attempts to bridge that gap.