City of Atlanta endorses NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide

From the city of Atlanta, great news that was missed in the Regional Roundtable and Occupy Atlanta hubub... National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) President and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood  today announced that the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the most comprehensive resource for creating safer, more attractive and livable streets for everyone through better designed bikeways, is now available in print. The Guide was developed by cities for cities to share knowledge, experience and best practices in engineering bikeways.

The City of Atlanta’s Departments of Public Works and Planning and Community Development endorse the newly released print guide. 

“It will be a valuable reference tool for furture planning and implementation of new bicycle projects in the City” said James Shelby, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Community Development. Three projects currently in design within the City of Atlanta will use the NATCO Guide:  5th at West Peachtree, Juniper Street at 14th Street, and Juniper Street between 14th and North Avenue.

They are being done in partnership with the Midtown alliance utilizing creative solutions suggested from the Guide.  These will be some of the most innovate bike lanes in the state of Georgia once completed. They will include treatments such as a raised cycle track and a 2 stage left turn box to help navigate in a safely.

“Innovative measures that go above and beyond typical bike lanes to assist cyclists with safely traversing the public right of way are key to encouraging alternative modes of transportation”, said Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza who is also a board member of NATCO. “The Department of Public Works will make it a practice going forward to evaluate potential bike facilities with all repaving projects.”
 
This latest NACTO guide offers the same expertise and insight, providing any city with a robust toolkit flexible enough to tailor treatments to the needs of each city’s street network to achieve larger safety, sustainability and transportation goals. The officials unveiled the new print edition in front of the Bikestation at Union Station in New York City.

“Now more than ever, U.S. cities need knowledge-based resources to create streets that work better and are safer for bicyclists,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner and NACTO President. “While the Urban Bikeway Design Guide easily provides the how-to, we must commit to making critical investments so these projects don’t stall as they move from concept to execution.”

"As an avid cyclist myself, I'm proud of all the things that we in the Obama Administration are doing to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for Americans to use their bicycles to get from one place to another," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "With more and more Americans choosing to commute by bicycle, I look forward to working with organizations like NACTO and cities and towns across America to improve opportunities for cyclists."

The Guide was written by national and international experts and guided by the transportation, streets and public works departments of 15 of the largest U.S. cities. In it, detailed plan drawings, bike-facility designs, and lessons learned from completed U.S. bike projects provide a balance of both research and practical experience for developing safer, more attractive streets that accommodate and encourage bicycling. The Guide has been officially endorsed city leaders and transportation officials around the country and endorsed unanimously by the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Officials (APBP) board.   
For more details, please visit http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide

ABOUT NACTO:  NACTO encourages the exchange of transportation ideas, insights and practices among large cities while advocating for a federal transportation policy that prioritizes investment in infrastructure in the nation’s large cities and their metropolitan areas – home to a majority of Americans and hubs of economic activity. Large city transportation officials are investing in innovative public transportation, bike, pedestrian and public space projects to create more sustainable, livable, healthy, and economically competitive cities. # # #

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