Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
Commenting last week on the Federal Highway Administration’s much-awaited endorsement of the NACTO guide, New York City’s Janette Sadik-Khan repeated what’s become an American cliche: city halls, not the federal government, are leading the way to new U.S. policy.
A newly released survey by the Green Lane Project shows just how true this is in the world of urban transportation.
The voluntary online survey, which drew responses from 107 people in 85 cities from 36 states, underscores the importance of the new federal action by showing that many cities were already charging ahead to build better bike lanes, despite resistance from many state departments of transportation and a shallow bench of bikeway design experts among city staff.
Here nine of the most memorable statistics from the survey results, which touch on many aspects of funding and bike design:
More than half of respondents are either using or planning protected bike lanes already.
57 percent don’t think the traditional manuals provide adequate guidance on new bike designs.
71 percent of respondents already use the NACTO guide.
90 percent of respondents support federal adoption of NACTO designs.
Only 50 percent are using international resources for their bike designs.
Only 17 percent of respondents feel their city staff already have “high expertise” in new bike designs.
Less than half of state DOTs are receptive to protected bike lanes on state roads.
Most money for innovative bike projects is local.
Many different sources of funding are being used for bikeways.
The full survey results are here.