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Why don't we have more marked crosswalks to help us cross the street?

A legal crosswalk exists at all crossings of public streets at intersections, regardless if it is marked or unmarked, unless the crosswalk has been legally closed to all pedestrians. A crosswalk can only exist at a midblock location if it is marked. ...more >

What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $4,538,000 (2012 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 726 bicyclists killed in 2012 totals nearly $ ...more >

What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $4,538,000 (2012 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 726 bicyclists killed in 2012 totals nearly $ ...more >

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?

It varies by state. All states prohibit cyclists on at least some limited access divided express highways. Several states — Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — permit bikes on virtually all interstates. ...more >

How much do bicycle and pedestrian facilities cost?

The cost of bicycle and pedestrian facilities varies greatly depending on the current cost of materials, rights-of-way needs, and topographic site features. Comprehensive cost information, as well as important considerations in choosing and installing facilities are found in PEDSAFE and BIKESAFE . ...more >

How much do bicycle and pedestrian facilities cost?

The cost of bicycle and pedestrian facilities varies greatly depending on the current cost of materials, rights-of-way needs, and topographic site features. Comprehensive cost information, as well as important considerations in choosing and installing facilities are found in PEDSAFE and BIKESAFE . ...more >

How many people walk?

There is no clear and absolutely correct number, because walking varies widely - from children walking to school to people commuting to work to walking for fitness and exercise. Collecting pedestrian counts can be time- ...more >

What are Park Once and Walk policies or programs?

A Park Once and Walk program encourages walking through the strategic placement and pricing of parking. These programs create a pedestrian-friendly environment through the use of policies, codes, planning and management efforts that design parking facilities ( ...more >

What ordinances and policies promote nonmotorized transportation?

Ordinances and policies that address the connection between transportation, land uses, and neighborhood/street design concurrently are the most likely to enhance the walkability and bikeability of a community. ...more >

What ordinances and policies promote nonmotorized transportation?

Ordinances and policies that address the connection between transportation, land uses, and neighborhood/street design concurrently are the most likely to enhance the walkability and bikeability of a community. ...more >

What are examples of model snow removal policies for city sidewalks?

A city's snow removal policy for sidewalks should clearly state the city's duties during snowfall events. It should also stress how important is it that property owners assist in maintaining clear sidewalks and ramps in front of their properties. ...more >

How much has been spent by the Federal Government on improving conditions for bicycling and walking?

In the years before passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Federal spending on bicycling and walking facilities was approximately $4-6 million per year. ISTEA was reauthorized when the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century ( ...more >

How much has been spent by the Federal Government on improving conditions for bicycling and walking?

In the years before passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), Federal spending on bicycling and walking facilities was approximately $4-6 million per year. ISTEA was reauthorized when the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century ( ...more >

Which are the best cities for walking?

Prevention Magazine, in coordination with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), create an annual list of the best walking cities in the US. Some of the factors included in the ranking are: ...more >

What is the current 'state of the art' regarding the design of safe crosswalks, especially in urban settings?

Treatments to improve the safety of crosswalks include: Raised mid-point median. Pedestrian-initiated amber, overhead flashing lights. Stopline painted on the roadway some distance in advance of the crosswalk ( ...more >

Why doesn't our city install more traffic signals to help us cross the street?

Traffic signals are an important means of traffic control. When used properly (and where warranted) they can help improve safety, move more cars, and make it easier to cross the street. The number of crashes at an intersection ( ...more >

When should bicyclists ride on the sidewalk?

In general, bicyclists are better off using the road rather than the sidewalk. However, there may be times even confident cyclists sometimes choose to ride on the sidewalk because there is simply no safe place for them on the roadway. ...more >

What are the national transportation-related surveys that include bicycling?

United States Census, 1990 & 2000: Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 1990: 0.41% (466,856 people) Percentage of journeys to work by bicycle in 2000: 0.38% (488,497 people -- data are based on a sample and are subject to sampling variability) ...more >

How safe do people feel bicycling?

The Omnibus Survey completed for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics in February 2003 asked all respondents how safe they felt using different modes of transport. When asked, "How satisfied are you with how your local community is designed for making bike riding safe? ...more >

How can we make bicycle/pedestrian connections in cul-de-sac developments?

Safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian travel options and connectivity are crucial to building an efficient, functional, sustainable transportation system. Culs-de-sac can create barriers to such a system. ...more >

How can we make bicycle/pedestrian connections in cul-de-sac developments?

Safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian travel options and connectivity are crucial to building an efficient, functional, sustainable transportation system. Culs-de-sac can create barriers to such a system. ...more >

Can separate bicycle facilities (shared use paths) be built within interstate rights-of-way?

Yes. The Federal Highway Administration issued Guidance on Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of the Federal-aid Program on February 24, 1999, which states: "Shared use paths along Interstate corridors are eligible for the use of National Highway System ( ...more >

Can separate bicycle facilities (shared use paths) be built within interstate rights-of-way?

Yes. The Federal Highway Administration issued Guidance on Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of the Federal-aid Program on February 24, 1999, which states: "Shared use paths along Interstate corridors are eligible for the use of National Highway System ( ...more >

Is my state or city required to have a bicycle and/or pedestrian coordinator?

Federal transportation law requires every state to have at least a part-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in their Department of Transportation. Most states have chosen to make the position full- ...more >

Is my state or city required to have a bicycle and/or pedestrian coordinator?

Federal transportation law requires every state to have at least a part-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in their Department of Transportation. Most states have chosen to make the position full- ...more >

Is it a good idea for our City Council to pass a jaywalking ordinance? Should our city reconsider its prohibition of midblock pedestrian crossings?

The term "jaywalking" has no technical meaning. People frequently characterize pedestrian behavior as jaywalking without truly understanding the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians. ...more >

Do bicycle lanes improve safety for bicyclists?

The overall safety of on-street bicycle lanes is a highly debated topic. Those in favor of bike lanes argue that they improve safety because they encourage cyclists to ride in the correct direction, ...more >

Does our city need a bicycle plan and/or a pedestrian plan? What are the advantages or disadvantages of combining the two?

Cities need bicycle and pedestrian plans both to assess current conditions and to set forth policies, programs and projects to make walking and bicycling more desirable. Commonly, such plans contain existing facility improvement and new construction recommendations. ...more >

Does our city need a bicycle plan and/or a pedestrian plan? What are the advantages or disadvantages of combining the two?

Cities need bicycle and pedestrian plans both to assess current conditions and to set forth policies, programs and projects to make walking and bicycling more desirable. Commonly, such plans contain existing facility improvement and new construction recommendations. ...more >

What is Context Sensitive Solutions?

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in developing a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, ...more >

What is Context Sensitive Solutions?

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in developing a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, ...more >

What are the considerations in using portable bicycle racks for special events?

Washington Area Bicyclist Association offers valet bicycle parking at the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Photo: WABA. Ample bicycle parking at special events that is properly sited and well promoted may decrease traffic congestion and promote personal health by encouraging event attendees to arrive by bicycle. ...more >

What is congestion pricing?

Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >

What is congestion pricing?

Congestion pricing is a policy that seeks to reduce the number of cars and trucks coming into or moving about a city by assessing fees during certain peak hours of travel. Annual traffic delay per person in the U. ...more >

I'd like to see colored bike lanes in my community. What color should we use and what impact with they have?

Many European countries use colored bike lanes to demarcate space for bicyclists and to draw motorists' attention to the bike lanes. The Danes use blue, the Dutch use red, the British use red or green, ...more >

What does the flashing DON'T WALK signal mean?

Oftentimes pedestrians are confused because the flashing DON'T WALK display appears before they finish crossing the street. Usually, there is nothing wrong with the traffic signal timing, there is just a misunderstanding of what the pedestrian signal means. ...more >

Is it true that trails and bike paths are more dangerous than roads?

There's an oft-quoted statistic that riding on a bike paths is 2.6 times more dangerous than riding on the road. The number comes from a 1974 masters thesis study of adult cyclists that was used by author John Forester in his book & ...more >

How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?

It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >

How much does it cost to develop a bicycle and/or pedestrian plan?

It can vary widely, depending on the specific scope of the plan, but the range is probably somewhere between $25,000 and $500,000. Obviously the answer depends on a lot of variables and assumes that the development of the plan will likely be done by outside consultants. ...more >

How many people ride bikes?

There is no clear and absolutely correct number, because bicycle usage varies widely - from children riding to school to people commuting to work to racers going for training rides. Collecting bicycle counts can be time- ...more >

Does the Federal government have a policy on bicycle access to interstates?

No. The Federal Highway Administration considers bike access to interstates strictly a state decision and has no policy on this issue. ...more >

Are states and cities required to plan for bicycling and/or walking?

There is no legal requirement for states or cities to develop stand-alone bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must be considered in the statewide and metropolitan transportation plans required by Federal law ( ...more >

Are states and cities required to plan for bicycling and/or walking?

There is no legal requirement for states or cities to develop stand-alone bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. However, bicyclists and pedestrians must be considered in the statewide and metropolitan transportation plans required by Federal law ( ...more >

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on the road?

Yes! In all 50 states, bicyclists are either considered vehicles or have the same rights and responsibilities as the operator of a motor vehicle. In general, bicyclists are legally allowed to ride their bikes on all public roads unless they have been specifically excluded, ...more >

How safe is it to bicycle on interstates?

A study of the nearly 4,000 bicycle fatalities in the United States between 1994 and 1998 found that seven bicyclists were killed on rural interstates. All seven riders were riding in the travel lane rather than on the shoulder. ...more >

How important are bicycle facility and roadway maintenance to bicycle safety and access?

Proper bicycle facility and roadway maintenance may be one of the most important ways that states and local communities can improve the safety and accessibility of roads and shared-use paths to bicyclists. ...more >

Why don't we have enough time to cross? (Why does the WALK change to DON'T WALK before I finish crossing?)

Many people do not understand the meaning of the WALK/DON'T WALK pedestrian signals (or WALKING PERSON/UPRAISED HAND). Many pedestrians want to see the WALK signal during the entire crossing. This is simply not possible in many cases, ...more >

Why doesn't our city install more flashers to slow down traffic at pedestrian crossings?

Flashing yellow warning beacons, commonly called flashers, are frequently requested in the belief that they will reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety. Flashing beacons are generally helpful when used to alert drivers of an unexpected condition that is not readily apparent. ...more >

For uncontrolled pedestrian crossings (i.e. no traffic signal or stop sign is present), is it safer to have a marked or unmarked crosswalk?

Factors such as traffic volume, speed limit, number of lanes, median type, and pedestrian exposure affect the safety of marked and unmarked crosswalks. In most cases, a marked crosswalk alone is no safer - ...more >

How many bicycles are sold each year?

According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News analysis of U.S. Commerce Department data, the total US Bicycle Market rose from 15.2 million in 1997 to 19.6 million in 2005. The economic recession of 2001 hit the bike market hard. ...more >