Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design Resource Index

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Design Resource Index identifies the specific location of information in key national design manuals for various pedestrian and bicycle design treatments. The Design Resource Index will help practitioners quickly access the right resources and should reduce the amount of time it takes to search through multiple design guides to find the information they need.

The Design Resource Index consists of three separate matrices: On-Street Bicycle Facilities, Shared Use Paths, and Pedestrian Facilities. The Design Resource Index incorporates national resource manuals and guidelines published by FHWA, ITE, AASHTO, NACTO, and the U.S. Access Board.

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For a topic to be considered in the matrices, it must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The design guide provides recommendations on the design of the particular facility.
  2. The design guide discusses the particular facility (giving either tacit approval or endorsement for its use), and provides recommendations of another source for recommended design of the facility.

As you use this document, we encourage you to share your observations and feedback. For example, we would like to get input on existing gaps in design guidance, research needs, and additional tools and resources that would help you navigate between various design resources. Please email this feedback to

The Design Resource Index was prepared by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group for the USDOT Federal Highway Administration. The current version is based on information available as of May 14, 2015.

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