ITE releases final Recommended Design Guidelines:

Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges

ITE has released the final report, Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges, authored by Meghan Mitman and Matthew Ridgway of Fehr & Peers.

Fehr & Peers is pleased to share that the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released the final report of key design guidelines focused on creating complete streets in some of the most complex areas of our street networks: interchanges. Meghan Mitman (current ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council Chair) and Matthew Ridgway (past ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council Chair) of Fehr & Peers’ Walnut Creek and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively, are the lead authors of this report.

The ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council (PBC) has long recognized concerns regarding pedestrian and bicyclist safety at interchanges as a key barrier to increasing the walk and bike mode shares in our transportation networks. While some local and regional jurisdictions had recommended practices on interchange designs that accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, there had not been a collection of best practices available in the United States or Canada.

In response to these challenges, the PBC initiated a series of interactive workshops over three years to discuss interchange design issues and opportunities with regard to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and accommodation. The PBC and the Traffic Engineering Council co-sponsored these workshops, which were held at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meetings in Anaheim, CA in 2008 and San Antonio, TX in 2009, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meetings in Washington, DC in 2009 and 2010. The workshops focused on traditional on-ramps and off-ramps, and single-point urban interchanges as representative of recent innovations in interchange design that present particular challenges for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Based on these workshops and feedback from an expert panel, the PBC then developed Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles to provide design guidelines for improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists at interchanges. The guidelines identify specific dimensions, safety features, signing, pavement markings, design geometries, and other treatments. These best practices are intended to provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal highway design manuals.

2017 ITE Coordinating Council Best Project Award

“This product, spearheaded by past Chair Matthew Ridgway, reflects more than eight years of volunteer effort and commitment to a high quality, useful product. The recommended practice is now considered the industry standard for active transportation interchange retrofits, with the content frequently presented in webinars and now incorporated into FHWA training courses for local jurisdictions.”