The National Association of City Transportation Officials have released a companion guide to their Urban Bikeway Guide. This manual contains state of the art practices for designing and developing bikeways for people of all ages and abilities.

Companion Guidance to NACTO’s Groundbreaking Urban Bikeway Design Guide Elevates State-of-the-Practice Facilities for People of All Ages and Abilities

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization that represents 58 major cities in North America, today released guidance to help cities decide what types of bike infrastructure will best achieve their goals to build bike networks that are safe and comfortable for riders of all ages and abilities. The new guidance, Designing for All Ages and Abilities, builds upon the organization’s groundbreaking Urban Bikeway Design Guide, an internationally renowned technical guide that has helped cities to dramatically increase the number and quality of urban bike facilities in the United States and Canada over the past decade.
By focusing on two key safety factors—vehicle speeds and traffic volume—in addition to design factors like street width, Designing for All Ages and Abilities gives cities the tools they need to assess any street and decide which treatments will improve safety and support increases in bicycling. The guidance illustrates how on higher-volume streets with vehicle speeds above 20 mph, conventional infrastructure, such as painted lanes, can be insufficient, while on lower-speed streets where other traffic calming measures have been introduced, such treatments may be an adequate solution.
“Since the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide launched in 2011, cities have built 307 miles of protected bike lanes—a dramatic 400% increase in safe and comfortable biking facilities that has been more than matched by pent-up demand for bicycling across the country,” said Linda Bailey, NACTO Executive Director. “Designing for All Ages and Abilities gives cities a powerful tool to evaluate their streets and make clear choices about what they can do to build safe, sustainable bike networks that attract riders of all ages and abilities.”
Download Designing For All Ages and Abilities (PDF) >
View the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide >


  1. To my fellow cyclists – highly recommend the DVD ‘Aftermass’. How far we’ve come. The bonus section is a whole hour with a big chunk on a mother with 6 kids that does everything on bicycles. The bakfiet would have 3 munchkins; 1 on a seat behind her; 1 attached tandem; 1 solo in the rear. She had an SUV she didn’t use and got rid of it. Her husband is a neurologist, so she’s not doing it to save money. She’s a wild bundle of energy. They actually moved from Pennsylvania to Portland because of cycling.
    Also just got through ‘Bike Tribes’ – about 20 chapters dedicated to different types of cyclists – from the fixie tribe to cyclocross to touring. I don’t belong to any of them. Though I cycle almost every day, I rarely cross paths with others on bikes. It’s a privilege to live where we do. That includes trips from East Van to Richmond over the Canada Line bridge on a beautiful day. Crossed paths with maybe a dozen cyclists. No way would I take the car on a day like that.
    There was a doc on Amsterdam where the narrator said he didn’t see any cyclists. He saw people cycling. The motoring mentality just doesn’t get it. It’s seeing the glass half empty. Rain … cold … hills … whiny negativity.
    The glass half full is the views, exercise, sunshine, saving money. There is no greater threat to corporatocracy than the bicycle – the ultimate freedom machine.

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