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FHWA Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

I stumbled on this super resource for adapting for Bike-Ped transportation.
I was most interested in – Lesson 20: Restriping Existing Roads With Bike Lanes,
which gives us many options on how to work with what we have.

Federal Highway Administration
Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation


Lesson 1: The Need for Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility (PDF, 269 Kb)
Lesson 2: Bicycling and Walking in the United States Today (PDF, 179 Kb)
Lesson 3: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Overview (PDF, 387 Kb)
Lesson 4: Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Types (PDF, 1.65 Mb)
Lesson 5: Adapting Suburban Communities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel (PDF, 181 Kb)
Lesson 6: Neo-Traditional Neighborhood Design (PDF, 678 Kb)
Lesson 7: Using Land-Use Regulations to Encourage Non-Motorized Travel (PDF, 3.5 Mb)
Lesson 8: Tort Liability and Risk Management (PDF, 149 Kb)
Lesson 9: Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections to Transit (PDF, 250 Kb)
Lesson 10: Off-Road Trails (PDF, 105 Kb)
Lesson 11: Traffic Calming (PDF, 1.13 Mb)
Lesson 12: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in Work Zones (PDF, 108 Kb)
Lesson 13: Walkways,Sidewalks and Public Spaces (PDF, 273 Kb)
Lesson 14: Pedestrian Signing and Pavement Markings (PDF, 195 Kb)
Lesson 15: Pedestrian Accommodations at Intersections (PDF, 327 Kb)
Lesson 16: Mid-Block Crossings (PDF, 453 Kb)
Lesson 17: Pedestrians With Disabilities (PDF, 72 Kb)
Lesson 18: Shared Roadways (PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Lesson 19: Bike Lanes (PDF, 460 Kb)
Lesson 20: Restriping Existing Roads With Bike Lanes (PDF, 341 Kb)
Lesson 21: Bicycle Facility Maintenance (PDF, 69 Kb)
Lesson 22: Bicycle Parking and Storage (PDF, 178 Kb)
Lesson 23: European Approaches to Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design (PDF, 212 Kb)
Lesson 24: Education,Encouragement, and Enforcement (PDF, 153 Kb)

PDF of the entire 282pages (12.4mb)

Daisy goes to plum island


Bike Rack Census

For a few weeks I drove around town and inventoried bike racks in the city.
This is what I found:

Results of Bike Rack Census
There is not enough municipal or privately provided bicycle parking in Methuen to support the present level of cycling in the area. Proper parking for bicycles should be provided at all municipal facilities and encouraged through out the local business community.

With models starting at $300, bicycles are an expensive investment either for transportation or recreation. They should be locked securely to a stationary object in plain view. Many modern ‘road’ bikes do not have kickstands and must be leaned against a solid object when not in use.

Methuen Residents who wish to use their bicycle for in town errands are forced to chain their bicycle to the nearest suitable object, be it a tree, railing, or trash can. Allowing for obvious increases in alternate transportation and bicycle usage, cyclists may find themselves at odds with property owners, not to mention an increase in thefts.

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There are no bike racks at municipal buildings. The few public bike racks extant are those installed with newly constructed facilities such as Veterans Park or Riverwalk Park.

There is no bike parking at any of the schools or playgrounds, nor the skateboard park on Burnham Road, nor even the athletic facilities at the High School.

Nevins Library included a bike rack in its new renovations and the size chosen is quite adequate to present demand.

There are no bike racks at any of the department or grocery stores. Large retailers such as Walmart, Target and Home Depot which are easily accessible by public transportation have made no provision for cyclist parking.

The two serpentine style racks installed at the Loop, in front of Old Navy and K-B toy seem to be targeted toward non-adult riders. However, the Loop’s own policy discouraging youth congregation, causes these racks to go unused. Bike parking would be more practical installed in front of Stop and Shop and Loews Cinema and targeted towards the adult cyclist.

Several of other bike racks are improperly installed or in advanced states of disrepair, which discourages their use.

Available Bike Parking as of Sept 1, 2008
Nevins Memorial Library

305 Broadway
Cora Brand 4 bike Unit

Veteran’s Park

Milk st
Serpentine bike rack
Holds 9 bikes

KB Toys

90 Pleasant Valley st
Serpentine Rack holds 7 bikes

Old Navy

90 Pleasant Valley St # 102
serpentine holds 7 bikes

Mill Falls Apartments

51 Osgood St
incorrectly installed.
not accessible from one side,
not enough clearance for bikes between cars
may not be properly bolted to the ground

Choice Fitness

126 Merrimack St

129 Haverhill St
Unit predates existing facility

Commuter parking lot

Pelham St
Serpentine rack
holds 9 bikes
only accessible from one side.
insecure parking area,
impractical for bicycle parking.

Osgood st
Serpentine unit holds 7 bikes

Park near Water Treatment Plant

old lowboy bike rack,
Crushed by a tractor during construction
too far from present activity area.


Granite State Wheelmen

Founded in 1971, the Granite State Wheelmen is New England’s most active adult recreational bicycling club. GSW offers its members organized weekday, weekend and multi-day rides for road and off-road adult enthusiasts of all ages, as well social events and winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

September 20-21 • The annual Tri-State Seacoast Century is the largest GSW event of the year. The scenic ride on 100 miles of coastlines in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts has received several national awards. Many riders come back year after year making this event part of their annual vacation plans.

September 8 • Tonight 7-9pm one of the general GSW meetings will be held at Buchika’s in Salem, NH.

Annuall membership is $15 and has many benefits, not the least of which is a chance to connect with other Methuen members and the network of cyclists from around the area.

more information:

Granite State Wheelmen, Inc.
PMB 216
215 South Broadway
Salem, NH 03079-3309
Phone: 603.898.5479


Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan

From the official site:

The 2007 Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan is being prepared in cooperation with the U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

The primary purpose of the plan update is to develop a prioritized plan of on- and off-road bicycling improvements in order to implement a statewide bicycling network. The network will serve to improve multi-modal transportation generally and bicycle transportation specifically, as well as recreation, tourism, and economic vitality.


Governor Patrick Signs Bicyclist Safety Bill

this in from MassBike:

Governor Patrick Signs Bicyclist Safety Bill

Yes, it’s true: the Bicyclist Safety Bill is law after 8 years and 4 legislative sessions — perseverance and grassroots support paid off in the end! MassBike played a central role throughout the history of the bill, from drafting the language, to lobbying for its passage, to the successful 2006 effort that ended in a veto, and now to a law! MassBike thanks our many supporters in the House and Senate for their persistence, and thanks Governor Patrick for recognizing that this law will help make Massachusetts a healthier, greener, more sustainable state.

This is a great victory for cyclists, and it was a true team effort, ranging from MassBike to legislators to you, our members and supporters. Without all your calls, emails, and letters to legislators and governors over the years, this could not have happened. You let the politicians know that bicyclist safety is an important issue, and they heard the message! So thanks to all of you.

Governor Patrick signed the bill into law yesterday. Coming on the heels of a year that saw gas prices soar to over $4 a gallon, huge increases in ridership on public transportation, and a surge in interest in bicycle commuting, the law will help more people, particularly new and less experienced bicyclists, take advantage of bicycling as an affordable transportation option.

Among the many changes the new law makes, it adds police training on bicycle law and dangerous behavior by bicyclists and motorists; explains how a motorist should safely pass a bicycle; explains how a motorist should safely make a turn in front of a bicycle; makes “dooring” (opening a car door into the path of a bicycle or other vehicle) subject to ticket and fine; permits bicyclists to ride two abreast when it does not impede cars from passing; and adds legal protections for bicyclists who choose to ride to the right of other traffic. Click here for the full text of the new law. We will post guidance on exactly what the new law means on the MassBike website ( as soon as possible.

This great day would not have happened without the help and support of our friends in the Legislature, many of whom threw their support behind efforts to get the bill signed. Representative William Brownsberger, who assumed a leading role in moving the bill forward immediately upon taking office two years ago, kept the pressure on in the final months, weeks, days, and, yes, even hours, leading up to the signing. Representative Kay Khan, the House sponsor of the bill, who was instrumental in garnering the support of dozens of like-minded colleagues in the House and Senate – including Representative Robert DeLeo, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Representative Frank Smizik, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture – to urge the Governor to sign the bill.

The Bicyclist Safety Bill was originally introduced in 2001 by now-retired Representative Anne Paulsen, who worked closely with MassBike to draft a bill designed to modernize Massachusetts’ bicycle laws and improve bicyclist safety. Paulsen championed the bill until her retirement in December 2006, when the bill passed the House and Senate only to be vetoed by the outgoing Romney administration. (Anne then joined MassBike’s Board of Directors where she has continued her efforts on our behalf.) Following Representative Paulsen’s retirement, Senator Pamela Resor (who herself just retired) took up leadership on the bill, filing the version that was ultimately signed into law by the Governor.

Now that the bill is law, our work really begins. We will start getting the word our to bicyclists, motorists, and the police, so that we can begin to see the improvements that the new law makes possible. And this is not the end of the road for bicycle legislation: the law and the needs of bicyclists continue to evolve, and MassBike will continue working to ensure those needs are met.


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