Active Transportation Design Guide
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Recommended policies, specifications, standards and guidelines to be followed in the development of active transportation infrastructure in British Columbia.
- British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide (2019 Edition) (PDF, 77.2MB)
This free design guide will help communities build safe, effective active transportation infrastructure.
This document will be updated over time to reflect evolving best practices.
Individual chapters are provided in PDF format for quicker download and to enable the replacement of updated individual sections as required.
Table of Contents
A. Overview + Context
A.1 What is the British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide?
B. Setting the Context
B.1 What is Active Transportation?
B.2 Planning for Active Transportation
B.3 Universal Design
B.4 Operational and Behavioral Characteristics
C. Pedestrian Facilities
C.1 General Design Guidance
C.2 Pedestrian Through Zone
C.3 Frontage. Furnishing, and Ancillary Zones
C.4 Rural Pedestrian Design Considerations
D. Cycling Facilities
D.1 General Design Guidance
D.2 Neighborhood Bikeways
D.3 Protected Bicycle Lanes
D.4 Painted + Buffered Bicycle Lanes
D.5 Advisory Bicycle Lanes
D.6 Rural Cycling Design Considerations
E. Multi-Use Facilities
E.1 General Design Guidance
E.2 Multi-Use Pathways
E.3 Separated Bicycle + Pedestrian Pathways
E.4 Shared Spaces
F. Context Specific Applications
F.1 Current Practices for Highway Rights-of-Way
G. Intersections + Crossings
G.1 General Design Guidance
G.2 Signals + Other Traffic Devices
G.3 Pedestrian Crossings
G.4 On-Street Bikeway Crossings
G.5 Off-Street Pathway Crossings
G.6 Additional Crossings + Conflict Areas
H. Amenities + Integration
H.1 Multi-Modal Integration
H.2 End-Point Facilities
H.5 New Mobility Integration
I. Post Implementation
I.1 Celebrating + Launching
I.2 Monitoring + Reporting
A. Project Participants
B. Signage + Pavement Markings
C. Types of Traffic Calming Devices