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


  • Case Studies in Realizing Co-Benefits of Multimodal Roadway Design and Gray and Green Infrastructure   NEW!
    This document highlights case studies of projects that contribute to safe and connected pedestrian and bicycle networks in States and communities throughout the U.S., while at the same time providing resiliency and green infrastructure benefits that promote resiliency and relieve burdens on stormwater systems. The case studies included in the report are organized in the following categories: (1) Mitigating Flood Risk, (2) Public-Private Partnerships, (3) Multimodal Network Connectivity, and (4) State and Locally Driven Projects.
  • NHTSA Update: Traffic Safety Fact Sheets   NEW!
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released revised versions of its 2016 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet and 2016 Bicyclists and Other Cyclists Traffic Safety Fact Sheet. The revised versions replace the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates of police-reported traffic crashes with a new data system, the Crash Report Sampling System. This data allows practitioners to identify problem areas, measure trends, and analyze highway safety initiatives to support safer roads for all users.
  • FHWA Guidebook for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity   NEW!
    Building on the 2016 guidebook, this resource focuses on pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity and provides information on incorporating connectivity measures into state, metropolitan, and local transportation planning processes. Connectivity measures can help transportation practitioners identify high priority network gaps, implement cost-effective solutions that address multiple needs, optimize potential co-benefits, and measure the long-term impacts of strategic pedestrian and bicycle investments on goals such as improving safety, system efficiency, network performance, and access to key destinations. Toward that end, this resource should be used in conjunction with self-evaluation and transition plans to evaluate needs for pedestrians with disabilities.
  • 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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