Design Resource Index

Source: Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

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. The following sources are included:

National Design Guidelines
TitleSponsoring AgencyDateEdition
Roadside Design GuideAASHTO20114th
A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and StreetsAASHTO20116th
Guide for the Development of Bicycle FacilitiesAASHTO20124th
Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian FacilitiesAASHTO20041st
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control DevicesFHWA2009 w/2012 rev-
Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design GuideFHWA20151st
Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating PedestriansFHWA20171st
Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive ApproachITE & CNU20101st
Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at InterchangesITE20141st
Traffic Control Devices HandbookITE20132nd
Urban Bikeway Design GuideNACTO20142nd
Urban Street Design GuideNACTO20131st
Transit Street Design GuideNACTO20161st
Draft Guidelines: Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines and Shared Use Path GuidelinesU.S. Access BoardAs 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
TitleSponsoring AgencyDateEdition
Highway Safety ManualAASHTO20101st
A Residents Guide to Walkable CommunitiesFHWA20152nd
Achieving Multimodal NetworksFHWA20161st
Small Town and Rural Multimodal NetworksFHWA20161st
Highway Capacity ManualTRB2010-
Pathways to TransitITE20081st
School Site Planning, Design and TransportationITE20131st
Separated BikewaysITE20131st
Transportation Planning HandbookITE20093rd
Standards for Outdoor Developed AreasU.S. Access Board2013-
APBP Bicycle Parking GuidelinesAPBP20102nd

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 September 7, 2018.

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



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