Design Resource Index

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.

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 daniel.goodman@dot.gov.

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. The following sources are included:

National Design Guidelines

Title

Sponsoring Agency

Date

Edition

Roadside Design Guide

AASHTO

2011

4th

A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets

AASHTO

2011

6th

Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities

AASHTO

2012

4th

Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities

AASHTO

2004

1st

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

FHWA

2009 w/2012 rev

-

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

ITE & CNU

2010

1st

Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges

ITE

2014

1st

Traffic Control Devices Handbook

ITE

2013

2nd

Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO

2014

2nd

Urban Street Design Guide

NACTO

2013

1st

Draft Guidelines: Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines and Shared Use Path Guidelines

U.S. Access Board

As of 2014

-

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.

While the resources above are considered primary sources of information on pedestrian and bicycle facility design, many other national resources can be helpful as well:

Additional Design Resources

Title

Sponsoring Agency

Date

Edition

Highway Safety Manual

AASHTO

2010

1st

PedSafe

FHWA

2013

2nd

BikeSafe

FHWA

2014

2nd

A Residents Guide to Walkable Communities

FHWA

2015

2nd

Highway Capacity Manual

TRB

2010

-

Pathways to Transit

ITE

2008

1st

School Site Planning, Design and Transportation

ITE

2013

1st

Separated Bikeways

ITE

2013

1st

Transportation Planning Handbook

ITE

2009

3rd

Standards for Outdoor Developed Areas

U.S. Access Board

2013

-

APBP Bicycle Parking Guidelines

APBP

2010

2nd

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.

Abbreviations:
AASHTO: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
APBP: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
CNU: Congress for the New Urbanism
FHWA: Federal Highway Administration
ITE: Institute of Transportation Engineers
NACTO: National Association of City Transportation Officials
TRB: Transportation Research Board