Here’s a new, authoritative quick reference on protected bikeways

August 2, 2017

Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes staff writer

If the new Protected Bikeways Practitioners Guide from the Institute for Transportation Engineers were a record, it’d be a Jay-Z album: sampling the famous and the obscure to create something new.

The 36-page document published this week (and available to ITE members for $25, nonmembers for $31.50) remixes some of the most useful data, recommendations and perspectives from the latest bikeway design guides, from the 2016 Dutch CROW manual to the 2015 Separated Bike Lane Planning & Design Guide from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. In addition to including a helpful list and healthy sampling from other guides, it also adds original work in several areas: how to integrate protected bike lanes on suburban-style curving roads, how to clear snow from protected lanes and how to evaluate their performance after installation.

Here’s what’s inside:

Alongside the text, the handbook includes a wealth of useful images and tables, like this one analyzing the approach to a protected intersection:

and these guidelines for the proper width of a protected bike lane, depending on bicycle volume:

and this summary of the actual and perceived safety of various types of on-street bike facilities:

and this guide to various cities’ protected bike lane snow removal schedules:

That’s just a small sample.

“There’s lots of good stuff out there, but it has been evolving,” said one of the ITE guide’s co-authors, Tyler Golly of Stantec. “People still have questions, so this is like a road map for them to find that information.”

ITE intends the guide to be a companion piece to its on-demand webinar series about protected bike lanes, created earlier this year. Golly said the whole project went from concept to completion in about eight months.

“We know we need to be timely with this stuff for practitioners,” he said. “They’re dealing with this stuff day to day and they can’t be waiting years and years to get guidance.”

If this looks useful, you can buy a copy here.

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