Over the past several years as the desire to create a more balanced transportation system that works safely and more efficiently for a variety of users has taken hold in many states and communities across the United States, a growing list of design standards and guidance manuals specifically aimed at designing, operating and maintaining a system of Complete Streets is now available. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a memorandum in 2013 supporting a flexible approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility design. The memo specifically supports the use of the following resources:
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
FHWA encourages transportation agencies to go beyond the minimum requirements, and proactively provide convenient, safe, and context-sensitive facilities that foster increased use by bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and utilize universal design characteristics when appropriate. Other go-to resources include:
Guidance from other states & cities:
For more resources and guides on designing roadways that are safe for all users download the APBP List of Resources & Guides.