Federal guidance on these types of interventions change the tone.
Earlier this week, Streetsblog reported that the US Department of Transporation (DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be making major updates to their guidance and standards regarding cycling infrastructure. Specifically, the US DOT will be updating the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), the national standard that traffic engineers use to build new and to modify existing roadways to meet common safety criteria. The MUTCD is a lengthy and detailed document that ensures roads in the United States follow common standards for signage, spacing of lanes and the balancing of different users of the street. Though roads and streets do vary in the United States in regards to their scale and design (think jughandles in New Jersey), for the most part roads follow common signage and design standards.
Back in early August we brought you word that a vital connection along the 22nd Street bike lane had been scraped and was ready for repaving. This section connects two important cycling arterials of Spring Garden and Fairmount Avenues. 22nd street, as a reminder, hosts the only dedicated bike lane west of Broad Street. Cycle Philly mapping for the area confirms heavy bike usage in the area: