Our Regional Design Guide for Bicyclists & Pedestrians

posted on April 2nd, 2017


This Regional Design Guide for Bicyclists & Pedestrians is intended for use by our member communities in the region. The guide helps provide assistance in designing and implementing both local and regional transportation systems that serve all users and that enhance community quality of place and quality of life. It is our hope that this document will help bring region wide consistency to the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The Regional Design Guide for Bicyclists & Pedestrians is a collaborative effort between PACTS staff, the MaineDOT, Alta Planning + Design, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and local bike and pedestrian advocates. The Guide complements and extends the principles and design guidance provided by other state and national resources. The intent is to produce a simple, “one stop” guidance resource for the region.

The guide’s design recommendations are not intended to impose “standards,” but rather offer convenient access to guidance for what can sometimes be a complicated design and implementation process. When thinking about transportation infrastructure improvements it is important to use context sensitive design principles that balance best engineering practices with the particular needs of the community and the specific bicycle or pedestrian facility type.