Now we know! It's an interesting process. Apparently there's no need to highlight the changes, so what we have to wade through is a long 300+pp document with the rules and standards.
It is hardly possible for someone without specialized knowledge to have anything informed to say whether the changes are good or bad.
This is lousy open government!
Here is a not-quite-random assortment of relevant clips from Chapter 109, Division 006 on "Street Design Standards." It is not meant to be comprehensive. It is not certain whether these represent changes from the previous version of standards.
|Most Bike Lanes = 6 feet|
|Design Speed = Posted Limit + 5/10 mph|
|No traffic calming for you!|
|Is there a missed opportunity to specify type of bike racks?|
Our assumptions about "design speed" in engineering details are an institutionalized way that we encourage and accommodate speeding and compromise safety for certain classes of road users.
Public Works is taking comment through December 23rd. Email James Bonnet to comment.