Design Guidelines for Active Transportation Networks in Small Town and Rural Areas


With the release of a new publication by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last year, the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks (STAR) Guide focuses on design guidelines that aim to improve bicycling and walking in communities seeking solutions more tailored to their small town needs. This session will provide a first look into this idea book for smaller communities, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking and biking facilities. Based in FHWA and AASHTO guidance, the Small Town and Rural guide applies a flexible design approach to creating more comfortable places for walking and biking. In addition to a preview of this guide, this session will include recent examples of projects from small towns.

Paul Wojciechowski

Paul Wojciechowski, AICP, PE, works for Alta Planning + Design, a national leader in the planning and design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. He attended Missouri S&T, and is a transportation planner and engineer with 32 years of experience in planning and designing innovative transportation facilities, and integrating these facilities to function with adjacent land-uses. Paul has dedicated his career to public projects that enhance communities and regions, and has contributed ideas for development projects that achieve community goals, including award-winning projects such as the regional Gateway Bike Plan in St. Louis and the City of Woodson Terrace Comprehensive Plan. His work as a consultant has included highway/street design, bikeway and pedestrian facility design, transit projects, land-use planning, program management, transportation planning, and utility relocation. In addition, he has served as a public official for the City of Clayton as Director of Public Works/City Engineer, and at the Missouri Department of Transportation. In his 17 years at MoDOT, Paul served in several positions that included the Transportation Planning Manager responsible for all transportation planning activities in the St. Louis Metro District and programming of state and federal funds. Paul has been working across the Midwest and Texas over the last 5 years at Alta.

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