Chapter 3: Bicycle

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Section 1: State Bicycle Program

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Overview

The Texas State Bicycle Program recognizes the increased use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. Issues of safety and ample bicycle access on Texas roads are of high priority to the department.

Federal Legislation. With the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act in December 1991, all states are required to include bicycles as a viable transportation mode in all transportation project planning. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) continues this requirement for inclusion of bicycles in transportation planning.

Texas Legislation. Transportation Code, Section 201.902 directs TxDOT to enhance the state highway system for use by bicyclists.

Policy. Accommodation of bicycle traffic shall be considered in all TxDOT transportation projects.

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State Bicycle Program Coordinator

The Statewide Transportation Plan stresses the importance of considering the inclusion of bicycle facilities in all TxDOT projects. TxDOT has charged the State Bicycle Program Coordinator with the responsibility of raising awareness of the need to consider bicycles in all stages of planning, design, and construction of roadway and enhancement projects.

The State Bicycle Program Coordinator routinely acts in the capacity of an “internal resource” for the department. The coordinator focuses on leading, teaching, and educating department employees and citizens outside the department on various aspects of bicycles and their presence on Texas roads. The coordinator is active behind the scenes monitoring developments in the department that may in some way impact bicycles and the bicycling community. During project planning and development, the coordinator may inquire about who is involved (i.e. planner, consultant, designer) and their level of knowledge and experience in developing bicycle facilities.

General Responsibilities of the State Bicycle Program Coordinator

  • Coordinate the integration of bicycling into the operational policies, plans, and programs of the department, MPOs, and local government entities by providing encouragement, supplying expertise, and promoting training
  • determine the needs and concerns of bicyclists
  • represent the department at the state and national levels
  • respond to letters, telephone calls, electronic mail, requests, inquiries, and visits from citizens concerning a wide variety of bicycle related issues
  • conduct site visits to make project recommendations
  • coordinate with District Bicycle Coordinators.
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District Bicycle Coordinators

Each TxDOT district has appointed a district bicycle coordinator to provide input and direction during the planning and development of roadways. This ensures that bicycles are acknowledged as a viable mode of transportation on roadway facilities where use by bicyclists is feasible.

General Responsibilities of the District Bicycle Coordinator

  • Coordinate with the State Bicycle Program Coordinator
  • respond to telephone calls and letters concerning local bicycle matters
  • act as department representative in meetings with local bicycle groups and coordinate organized bicycle events on state roads
  • coordinate with other district and division staff concerning possible improvements to increase safety and access for bicyclists (i.e., design, maintenance, and construction of transportation facilities)
  • work with Public Affairs Officer and Traffic Safety Specialist to promote bicycle safety education and district safety improvements.
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