City endorses national urban street and bikeway design guides

Candace Mumm, Spokane City Council, 509.625.6256

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

The Spokane City Council voted to join the Washington State Department of Transportation, six states and over 40 major cities nationwide in endorsing the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Street Design and Bikeway Guides Monday night.

“The NACTO Urban Street and Bikeway Design Guides will be an integral and effective policy tool to design streets and public spaces in Spokane for all our citizens, no matter how they choose to travel,” says Councilwoman Candace Mumm, the sponsor of the resolution. The Urban Street Design Guide is a tool City engineers can use to implement the Transportation Element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan as it represents a vision for world-class city street design with safety in mind.

“Support from all levels of government is essential to achieving this vision for better city streets,” said Linda Bailey, NACTO Executive Director. The City of Spokane joins Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state endorsing the street design recommendations.

The Bikeway Design Guide, which was championed by Council Member Jon Snyder, fosters safer and more comfortable riding conditions. The designs are proving effective in reducing car-bicycle crashes, lowering injuries and death rates in the communities that use NACTO designs tools.

Just last week, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Spokane with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award.