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Overall BFC suggestions

  1. Expanding the bicycle and pedestrian manager's time focused on bike projects would help in scaling up your BFC efforts
  2. Pass laws or ordinances that protect cyclists
  3. BFU application February 5, 2013 for a September 2012 designation.
  4. Ensure that new and improved bicycle facilities conform to current best practices and guidelines ≠ such as the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and your DOT's own guidelines.


  1. Consider hosting a Smart Cycling course for city staff
  2. Consider a membership to the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals www.apbp.org for city Bicycle and Pedestrian Staff
  3. Consider measuring the bicycle level of service (LOS)
  4. Develop a system of bicycle boulevards


  1. Ensure that bicycle-safety education is a routine part of public education
  2. Add bicycling and motorist education messages to local routine activities such as drivers licensing and testing, or include inserts in utility bills
  3. Start a bicyclist and motorist ticket diversion program (training instead of fine)
  4. Bus and Taxi drivers
  5. public maintenance classes


  1. Bicycle Friendly Business
  2. bike mentorship program that teams experienced cyclists with newcomers


  1. Invite a police officer to become an active member of the bicycle advisory committee


  1. Consider implementing a trip reduction program/ordinance
  2. Integrate the implementation of the bike plan into the master plan, all land use plans, zoning ordinances and larger development projects

WFC Assessment Tool (PDF)

Here is our application from December 2011

Here are 8 pages of feedback from our most recent application (received April 2012)

Walkscore 23 Oxford is a Car-Dependent city

Almost all errands require a car.-  Oxford Map



WFC feedback - Overall

Expanding your education and encouragement programs


  1. crash data,
  2. before/after evaluations of specific transportation projects,
  3. and using available evaluation tools. system-wide, corridor, or intersection evaluations. measurable performance objects that can be tracked over time.
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  4. street crossings could be improved
    • countdown signals,
    • accessible pedestrian signals,
    • leading pedestrian intervals, and
    • timing for an appropriate walking speed.


  1. Adult school crossing guards
    • crossing guard training program,
  2. crash rate in Oxford is certainly high?
    • traffic safety officer to lead a strategic enforcement program



  1. sidewalk standards
    • width standards difficult to understand. buffers?
    • documents should contain graphics to clearly communicate expectations
    • level and continuous at intersections
  2. Accessible Pedestrian Signals guide and the PEDSAFE guidelines
  3. Crosswalks - move from parallel lines to more effective crosswalk patterns.
    • Parallel lines - least visible & require more maintenance
  4. Amenities around transit stops
  5. tighter curb radii
    • 15 feet for residential streets and
    • 25 feet for arterials


  1. new multimodal level of service models in 2010 Highway Capacity Manual has