Section 3: Bridge Railing for Bicyclists

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Texas Policy

In Texas, any bridge that is specifically designated for bicycle traffic must have appropriate railing for bicyclists. Texas has adopted the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.2 This requires bridge railings designated for bicycle traffic to have the same minimum height (42 inches), clear openings, and design live load as for pedestrian railing.

All Combination Railing and Pedestrian-Only Railing documented in Appendix A. Current Standard Bridge Railings in Texas, satisfy requirements for bicycle traffic. For questions of applicability of other rails, contact the TxDOT Bridge Division.

2. AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), current. See the Bridge Design Manual - LRFD for the current edition adopted by the Bridge Division.

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