The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Human Environment promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation use, safety, and accessibility.
Each State has a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in its State Department of Transportation to promote and facilitate the increased use of nonmotorized transportation, including developing facilities for the use of pedestrians and bicyclists and public educational, promotional, and safety programs for using such facilities. The State Coordinators can help you with questions specific to your State.
The FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that requirements in legislation are understood and met by the States and other implementing agencies.
On this site you can find information about the amount of Federal funding obligated on pedestrian and bicycle projects in your State, available Federal funding sources, existing legislation, and guidance about accessible design.
FHWA also sponsors resources such as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to provide information on a wide variety of engineering, encouragement, education, and enforcement topics. The Center was established with funding from the US DOT and is operated by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.
Established in SAFEATEA-LU Section 1807, the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program provided over $25 million each to four communities (Columbia, MO; Marin County, CA; Minneapolis Area, MN; Sheboygan County, WI) to demonstrate how walking and bicycling infrastructure and programs can increase rates of walking and bicycling. The program helped advance nonmotorized transportation evaluation tools, methods, and reporting techniques, particularly at the community-level. FHWA submitted a final report to Congress describing program outcomes in April, 2012 and published a Continued Progress Report in May, 2014.
This policy statement, released in March 2010, emphasizes the needs and requirements to integrate walking and bicycling into transportation systems and provides some recommendations on how to do so.
The Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide outlines planning considerations and design options for separated bike lanes. It provides information on one and two-way facilities, outlines different options for providing separation, and highlights midblock and intersection design considerations. Case studies highlight notable practices throughout the document. The Guide builds on U.S.DOT's current policy on pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and FHWA's support for design flexibility.