Newton is on the verge of adopting the revolutionary NACTO design guide for bike infrastructure. The guide’s recommendations–many of which derive from European design strategies for including bikers and pedestrians as equal participants in the streetscape, have been adopted by a number of American cities, including New York and Boston.
It was created by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and most of the design recommendations are permitted under the federal Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Just how authoritative is the guide, and how successful will the implementations be? Well, Janette Sadik-Khan, the pro-bike transportation commissioner of New York City, is the President. Judging by the big increases in bike facilities in the last few years in NYC, she’s a person who makes things happen.
For your convenience, we’ve just added a permanent link to the design guide (along with a link to Bicycling Info, a source for good research on bike infrastructure engineering and advocacy) to the Blogroll under “Bike Infrastructure Design.”