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Noteworthy Local Policies That Support Safe and Complete Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks

While much of the focus on bicycle and pedestrian travel is on building new infrastructure, policy (laws, regulations, ordinances, and procedures) plays a critical role in shaping how we use and manage our transportation systems.  The Federal Highway Administration developed this guide to provide local and state agencies with tools to complement new infrastructure and […]

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Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide

Alta, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, developed The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide. The guide translates existing street design guidance and facility types for bicycle and pedestrian safety and comfort for the smaller scale places not addressed in guides such as the NACTO Street Design Guide […]

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White Center Traffic Garden

Alta Planning + Design provided pro bono design services for two traffic gardens for Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project. The Major Taylor Project provides a year-round youth development cycling program focused on introducing youth from diverse communities to bicycling, healthy living, bicycle maintenance, road safety awareness and the importance of working toward individual goals. Inspired by […]

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Electric Bicycle Share Feasibility Study

Bicycle sharing programs are becoming a major part of the urban transportation fabric in cities worldwide. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the purpose of this study is to develop a concept for an electric bicycle share program that can overcome some of the limitations of traditional, stationbased bicycle share programs.

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Oregon Safe Routes to School 2015 Annual Snapshot Report

Alta provided pro bono assistance to the Oregon SRTS Network’s Leadership Committee to collect data and design this first-ever statewide snapshot report. The Committee will use the document to promote our work with community partners and elected officials alike, and to help coordinate SRTS efforts around the state. Download the Document Here

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Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Protected Intersection

The evolution of North American bikeway design has progressed to protected intersections. During our work on the development of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Alta staff saw merit in the Dutch junction style design and have spent subsequent effort studying it and attempting to create a framework for adapting it to the North American roadway […]

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Minneapolis Bicycle Benefits Assessment

In 2015, the City of Minneapolis updated its Bicycle Master Plan with a list of 55 prioritized miles of potential protected bikeways. This short brief by Alta Planning + Design quantifies the potential benefit of doubling the commute modeshare in the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis Benefits Assessment Brief 2015  

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