Federal Highway Administration: Use Funds for Separated Bike Lanes, Road Diets, Narrow Roads, Curb Extensions, and More

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The Federal Highway Administration recently released a game-changing document addressing some common misconceptions and / or excuses that keep communities from building bike infrastructure. Here are a few of the myths I found most interesting:

Myth: The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is the only Federal funding source for pedestrian and bicycle projects.

Myth: Federal transportation funds cannot be used to enhance the local roadway network.

Myth: Separated bike lanes cannot be built with Federal funds.

Myth: Federal funds can’t be used for road diets.

Myth: The only design standard that can be used on Federal-aid highway projects is the AASHTO A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book).

Myth: Lane widths cannot drop below 11′ on the NHS and 9′ when Federal funds are used on local roads.

Myth: Curb extensions, trees, and roundabouts cannot be used on the NHS.

Myth: Bicycle and pedestrian projects must be within the existing Right of Way (ROW) to be eligible for a Categorical Exclusion.

Check out the full document here.

Provo’s First Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Bulldog Blvd.

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HOLY SMOKES!

Take a look at this visionary design coming to Bulldog Boulevard. We’ve been asking for this kind of design on Provo streets for years, and it’s finally happening.

Provo’s first protected bike lanes. Beautiful tree-lined median. Design that’s safer for everyone: people in cars, people in bikes, people on the sidewalk. There’s still a while to go in terms of getting public feedback and nailing down the minor design details. But, the design was approved unanimously by Provo’s Transportation and Mobility Committee. It’s happening, folks.

Check out the Mayor’s blog for details. And please, take a couple minutes to leave a comment of support.

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