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Bicycle Planning and Design Resources

PennDOT is working to make transportation planning a more collaborative process that supports community goals through its PennDOT Connects initiative. PennDOT Connects reaches into community and transportation planning processes to initiate early dialogue and partnered decision-making about the kinds of transportation projects that will help a community achieve its vision.

In addition to the resources below, each PennDOT district office has a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator (PDF) and a district safety officer. PennDOT also has a full-time statewide bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. The department also offers training and technical assistance designed to help Pennsylvania's municipalities via the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).

PennDOT's policies are guided in part by the following documents:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a valuable partner and resource for the department and the public. Recent materials include online design training and free webinars on bicycle and pedestrian issues as well as the specific documents listed below. 

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is another resource center funded by FHWA. It offers guidance on planning, design, data-resources, and training (including free webinars).

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, or MUTCD, defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a program unit of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a nonprofit organization that provides independent, objective, and interdisciplinary solutions. TRB manages transportation research by producing publications and online resources. It convenes experts that help to develop solutions to problems and issues facing transportation professionals. TRB also provides advice through its policy studies that tackle complex and often controversial issues of national significance.

Below are a few of the many resources available (some are free and others require purchase of materials).

National Association of City Transportation Officials produces several relevant guides that PennDOT may consider as project alternatives are developed.