Focus Areas

Active Transportation


This focus page contains resources for bicycle and pedestrian planning, and other non-motorized transportation modes, including guidelines and design standards, case studies and ideas for integrated planning, funding strategies, and other helpful tools.


Resources and Publications


  • Traffic Impacts of Bicycle Facilities   NEW!
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a report that details interactions between vehicles and bicyclists to facilitate the safe, efficient design of transportation systems. Methods included a review of design guidelines for bicycle facilities, and observations of bicycle-vehicle interactions at roadways with different types of bicycle facilities.
  • Evaluation Study of the Bike Share Program in Fargo, North Dakota   NEW!
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University (NDSU) has released a report that investigates the effectiveness of the Great Rides Bike Share program that was launched in 2015. The research examines user opinions on the bike share program, analyzes demand for the bike share program, studies the impact of the program on NDSU student travel behavior and shifts in mode shares, analyzes the livability benefits from the bike share program, and analyzes origin-destination trip data to understand the user trips patterns and needs.
  • The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision makers, Officials, and Staff   NEW!
    The Briefing Notebook is a primer for transportation decisionmakers and stakeholders. It provides government officials, planning board members, transportation service providers, and the public at large with an overview of transportation planning in metropolitan settings. Along with a basic understanding of the key concepts, the notebook provides references for additional information. Part I discusses transportation planning and its relationship to decisionmaking. Part II presents short descriptions of key products that are prepared as part of the transportation planning process. This book was updated in 2015 to reflect recent changes in Federal legislation.
  • AASHTO's Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition provides information on how to accommodate bicycle travel and operations in most riding environments. It is intended to present sound guidelines that result in facilities that meet the needs of bicyclists and other highway users.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planning Guidance This document offers technical guidance on meeting the Federal requirements for consideration and appropriate inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian elements in Statewide and MPO transportation plans and TIPs.
  • FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program offers both Publications and Resources web links providing insight into the planning and decision process common to building an intermodal transportation system that focuses on accessibility and safety.
  • FTA Bicycles and Transit webpage provides general information on planning and eligibility of bicycle facilities to promote access to transit stations by bicycle.
  • Funding Information as identified in Federal surface transportation law provides tremendous flexibility to States and MPOs to fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements from a wide variety of programs.
  • Model Design Manual for Living Streets is a customizable design guide to help communities improve their transportation facilities for all users.
  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
  • Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program SAFETEA-LU Section 1807 (April 2012)

Click here to access a full list of Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to bicycle and pedestrian planning on the TPCB website.

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