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NACTO Releases Exhaustive Bike Lane Guide

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) just released a major piece of work on roadway bicycling in American towns and cities entitled “Urban Bikeway Design Guide.”  Filled with super-clear diagrams and photos of bike lanes around the country, the book is kind of an unabridged dictionary of roadway lane configurations to accommodate bicycles.  Want to know how to handle bike lanes on a one-way street?  Page 23.  Two-way street?  Page 25.  Bike lanes with a dedicated right-turn lane, page 21.  Etc.  (Um, those aren’t real references.  I’m still reading…)

In an age where people are more health conscious and gas prices are skyrocketing, and installing them costs next to nothing, you’d like to think bike lanes would be a no-brainer.   But ask anyone in Brooklyn: bike lanes can be controversial.  Sometimes, it’s because people just don’t like bike lanes, or the idea of bike lanes; other times, however, it’s based more on technical concerns, and you’ll find yourself arguing with an engineer who says they support bike lanes in principle, but you can’t do it here, because of the particular lane configuration.  Look it up in NACTO’s guide.