New federal guidance unveiled for bicycle, pedestrian and micromobility projects

Dive Brief:
The Federal Highway Administration has incorporated federal policy changes stemming from the 2021 infrastructure law into its bicycle, pedestrian and shared micromobility guidance, according to an agency press release Friday.

The 2021 infrastructure law expanded funding opportunities and encouraged Complete Street policies, the release says, and mandated that states spend at least 15% of highway safety money on preventing deaths among vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, under certain conditions.

“The law also provides more flexibility to help cities and states address active transportation needs,” FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt said in a statement. “We are open to new ideas and committed to working with our partners to make this transportation vision a reality so that biking, walking and other ways to travel are safe, convenient and enjoyable for everyone.”