Designing bicycle facilities for rural communities

The need for improved bicycle facilities in rural communities is becoming more apparent, but the standard national bicycle design guide is aimed at larger urban communities rather than smaller rural communities. MPC researchers at the University of Wyoming used current design guides to develop a resource focused on rural communities to aid in making design choices about bicycle transportation facilities The resource addresses the key challenges faced by rural communities that want to expand bicycle facilities: severe funding limitations, fewer staff engineers, and differences in population characteristics and the mixes of vehicles on the road compared with more urban areas.