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April 29, 2014 > California will adopt Urban Design Guide

California will adopt Urban Design Guide

Submitted By Renee Rivera

The California Department of Transportation took a big step into the future by adopting the NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Urban Bikeway Design Guide--the only traffic design manual that treats all users of the street, including people walking and biking, with equal access. With CaltransÕ endorsement of the NACTO Guide, Californians will start seeing more protected bikeways and improved intersection designs--all of which will significantly improve safety. And traffic engineers will be less compelled to overly design streets for peak moment traffic volumes at the expense of all other roadway users.

This announcement came at a VIP reception held April 10 for the NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Show hosted by Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty shared this news with a cheering crowd of local government staff and elected officials, transportation experts from around the county, and bicycle advocates.

This change signals a sea change for California streets. The design guidelines adopted by Caltrans essentially create a ÒtoolboxÓ for California cities to work from in designing their streets. With the addition of the NACTO Urban Design Guide engineers now have many more effective solutions to design streets that are safe and comfortable for all users, including people on bikes and foot.

ÒCaltrans Director Malcolm DoughertyÕs endorsement of NACTO statewide is an enormous step forward for innovation in transportation at the state and local level in California. This is huge and should open the floodgates for creativity in designing and building our streets with a focus on moving and connecting people safely and effectively so that our businesses and communities can truly thrive, Òstated Bryan Jones, Public Works Director City of Fremont.

More information about the NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Show can be found at: BikeEastBay.org/cities4cycling.

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