Adopt Performance Standards for Active Modes

Measures of performance or quality of service for non-auto modes are still emerging, but current examples can help evaluate the benefits of transit, cycling, and pedestrian travel.

Review performance standards and create new policies that support livable communities.

  • Consider multimodal performance standards such as Transit Quality of Service, the pedestrian and bicycle Quality of Service measures in the Highway Capacity Manual, and other specialized measures such as Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress.
  • Consider new policies that prioritize transit speed and efficiency or require an analysis of how transit speeds would be affected by automobile trips from new development
  • Adopt minimum performance standards that create the legal authority to require new development or redevelopment to install multimodal transportation improvements – for instance, improvements to maintain a certain Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress, or upgrades to promote “15-minute communities” where daily needs can be addressed within a 15-minute safe walk, bike or roll. Further analysis may be needed to confirm the legal basis for these measures.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
Photo of a person riding a bicycle with a helmet in a protected bikeway with planter boxes of large grasses between the bikeway and a vehicle lane
Protected bike lane, which would improve Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (Source: Flickr -Dylan Passmore)