FHA Issues New Pedestrian, Bike, Micromobility Guidance

The updated federal guidelines incorporate new policies created in the 2021 infrastructure law.

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May 22, 2023, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

The Federal Highway Administration released updated guidance for bicycle, pedestrian, and micromobility projects to align with new policies in the 2021 infrastructure law and improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

As Michael Brady explains in Smart Cities Dive, “Several measures in the 2021 infrastructure law aim to help state and local governments develop and implement policies, programs and projects that advance those transportation modes.” 

Among other programs such as Safe Streets for All, “The Transportation Department also awarded $800 million in February to improve road redesign and intersections and address roadway safety under the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program. The Federal Transit Administration also said in March it would waive the local funding match requirement for Complete Streets planning activities covered by the Metropolitan Planning Program and the State Planning and Research Program.”

Despite pledges and efforts by cities around the country to improve road safety, pedestrian and cyclist deaths on U.S. roads continue to climb, in part due to road design guidelines and the design and size of many new SUVs and trucks, which can make blind spots larger and make it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians.

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