Designing Shared Use Paths and Trails. Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration. Shared Use Paths. What is a Shared Use Path?. FHWA Working Definition
Designing Shared Use Paths and Trails
Christopher Douwes, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration
FHWA Working Definition
What is the difference between a sidewalk and a trail? Part function, part location.
If you build a shared use path….
Oregon integrates recreational trails and transportation facilities: Portland Esplanade
Trails connect parks and recreation: MKT Trail, Columbia MO
What do these curves do?
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Surface: Firm, stable, and slip resistant.
Firm and stable.
Tread Obstacles: Avoid, Minimize, and Prevent.
Gaps: Avoid, Minimize, and Prevent.
for the minimum.
Grade: Accessibility is the primary consideration.
QUESTION: Can trails be built along an Interstate or other freeway right-of-way?
QUESTION: Can Shared Use Paths (or other trails) coexist with railroads?
What are some possible problems?
If installed, bollard, gates, fences, or other barriers:
Shared use paths may qualify for Categorical Exclusions, but they can impact:
Bridges are needed in any transportation network.
Over Lock & Dam.
Built and managed by
by Pulaski County.
Design for the tallest likely user:
Design for Perception of Security
grade may be easier than
a bridge over.
See MUTCD Chapter 9: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/.
Trailside and Trailhead Facilities