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Design & Engineering Guidelines for Greenways

Design Guidelines

We’re all learning together. Some cities, indeed some countries around the world have been working on safe, affordable, comfortable, accessible low stress routes for people to use when they walk or ride a bicycle for a bit longer than we have been in Seattle. We can all learn from other places and take lessons from other places about what can work best in Seattle.

Amsterdam, New York, Portland, Copenhagen. Let’s look at some “lessons” from around the world.

Engineering Guidelines

Portland Mode Goals Tools Table. Table is an 11-page document with cost estimates, analysis of effectiveness, and photographs of a large variety of engineered solutions for  traffic calming. A must read!

Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning & Design Guidebook Alta and Portland State University. Includes literature review, case studies, and interviews.

How to Not Get Hit by Cars: Important lessons in Bicycle Safety. Bicycle safety guidelines.

Bicycling Facilities in Holland. Excellent Wiki  created by students at Northeastern University and Portland State University in a 2011 summer program.

NACTO Urban Design Bikeway Guide New standards developed by Alta and the Cities for Cycling.

Seattle ROW Improvements Manual. Developed by the City of Seattle for property owners and engineers involved with the design, permitting, and construction of improvements to Seattle’s street right-of-way with an emphasis on safety, the preservation and maintenance of roadway infrastructure and utility services, and environmental preservation.

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) – Traffic Control for Bicycle Frequently Asked Questions.

Portland Metro has published four excellent handbooks for safe and healthy streets. Creating livable streets: Street design guidelines for 2040; Green streets: Innovative solutions for stormwater and stream crossings; Trees for green streets: An illustrated guide; and Wildlife crossings: Providing safe passage for urban wildlife.

Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists: A Case-Crossover Study. A study that links street safety to type. Cycle tracks and neighborhood greenways rate most safe.