Focus Areas

Active Transportation


This focus page contains resources for bicycle and pedestrian planning, and other non-motorized transportation modes, including guidelines and design standards, case studies and ideas for integrated planning, funding strategies, and other helpful tools.


Resources and Publications


  • FHWA's Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter- January 2019   NEW!
    FHWA's Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter provides transportation professionals with real-world examples of ways that multimodal transportation investments promote economic revitalization, provide access to jobs, and achieve safer communities through support of accelerated project delivery, technology and design innovation, and public/private partnerships. This newsletter communicates FHWA and partner efforts in support of the USDOT Strategic Plan by improving connectivity, accessibility, safety, and convenience for all users.
  • Community Connections Innovations Handbook   NEW!
    This publication is for States, MPOs, local and tribal governments, and other transportation practitioners includes a toolbox for advancing Community Connections considerations in the transportation planning, project development, and design processes. The toolbox describes existing analytical tools, public involvement strategies, planning and design techniques, and operational improvements that can be used to implement Community Connections. The Handbook includes 16 case studies highlighting projects in urban, suburban, and rural communities where Community Connections considerations have been successfully applied.
  • Success in Stewardship: Case Studies Highlighting Benefits of Multimodal Roadway Design and Green Infrastructure   NEW!
    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently published a set of case studies as part of its efforts to document and promote connected pedestrian and bicycle networks in communities throughout the United States. The case studies are designed to provide information for agencies interested in improvements to their pedestrian and bicycle networks that incorporate green infrastructure and resiliency benefits. The information provided on stormwater and mobility benefits will help communities better understand the variety of goals and outcomes they can achieve through their projects.
  • AASHTO's Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition provides information on how to accommodate bicycle travel and operations in most riding environments. It is intended to present sound guidelines that result in facilities that meet the needs of bicyclists and other highway users.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planning Guidance – This document offers technical guidance on meeting the Federal requirements for consideration and appropriate inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian elements in Statewide and MPO transportation plans and TIPs.
  • FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program offers both Publications and Resources web links providing insight into the planning and decision process common to building an intermodal transportation system that focuses on accessibility and safety.
  • FTA Bicycles and Transit webpage provides general information on planning and eligibility of bicycle facilities to promote access to transit stations by bicycle.
  • Funding Information as identified in Federal surface transportation law provides tremendous flexibility to States and MPOs to fund bicycle and pedestrian improvements from a wide variety of programs.
  • Model Design Manual for Living Streets is a customizable design guide to help communities improve their transportation facilities for all users.
  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.
  • Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program SAFETEA-LU Section 1807 (April 2012)

Click here to access a full list of Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance related to bicycle and pedestrian planning on the TPCB website.

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