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In Search of Simultaneous Benefits of Infrastructure Provisions on Freight and Bicycle Movements

Project #: 4W9623
Start Date: 02/09/2022
End Date: 12/31/2022
Status: Completed

The purpose of this project is to research rural roadway measures (e.g., wider shoulders, separated facilities) that could increase freight efficiency and safety (e.g., reduce run off the road incidents) while offering bicyclists simultaneous benefits (e.g., reduced traffic-related injuries and fatalities, reduced particulate matter inhalation). In addition to roadway measures, this project will also review vehicle characteristics (e.g., freight vehicle blind spot warnings) and related policy measures that could reduce freight-bicyclist conflicts on rural roadways. This project will primarily be comprised of a review of prior literature, including relevant federal, state, and local regulations, as well as a synthesis of case studies (e.g., implementation of new rural roadway standards in Boulder, Colorado after historic levels of flooding) to highlight practical solutions and best practices.