New bikeway design guide

bike lane buffered from parking

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has published an online guide to modern bicycle facilities, the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. This easy to use guide provides examples and specifications for a large number of progressive facilities of the sort that have long been used internationally and are becoming common in several large and medium sized north American cities.

Though Carson City has only some urban characteristics, there are nevertheless several great ideas here that could be used in Carson City to provide a safer and more welcoming climate for bicycling. For example, buffered bike lanes (buffered from motor vehicle traffic and/or parked cars) could make many people more comfortable riding on the street, as well as use up some of the excess pavement that exists on four lane streets with low traffic volumes (Saliman between Colorado and Sonoma, for example). Shared lane markings could replace “share the road” locations such as Hot Springs Rd, with the addition of “bikes may use full lane” signs rather than the “share the road” signs currently placed. Take a look at the guide, and I’m sure you’ll see a number of ideas that could be implemented here in Carson City.

The guide has photos, diagrams, measurements, clear language about what is MUTCD and AASHTO bike guide compliant, and links to projects where the treatments have already been successfully implemented.

Streetsblog has a post that introduces the guide.


High School Bike Bus

This video, called The Power to Choose, is nearly a year old now, but it still is inspirational. Not because it should be anything unusual, but because it is unusual. The comments are interesting too, some who get it, and some who miss the whole point. The students have  found a path to freedom.

Balance Bikes vs. Training Wheels

Streetsblog San Francisco talks about balance bikes vs. training wheels. This is something I’ve been wondering about for the school district’s bike education program. Some students don’t have the requisite degree of balance to successful ride a two-wheeled bike, whether because of disabilities or just because they are not developmentally ready, and I’ve wondered how to most effectively serve them. The program does have a tricycle, which works well for some students, but I’m not sure that is an effective transition to two-wheeled bikes.

I’m not sure of the answer, but this is something worth thinking about. If any local parents have experience and advice to provide, please jump in.