Earlier this year, we reported that the Federal Highway Administration had issued a rumble strips Technical Advisory that essentially gave no consideration to bicyclists and how rumble strips negatively impacted bicycle travel. Read that post here.
The Alliance for Biking and Walking, Adventure Cycling Association and the League of American Bicyclists spoke up against the TA and asked FHWA to reconsider it. Last month the FHWA issued a revised rumble strips TA and it’s a marked improvement over the original one. It includes a section on accommodating all roadway users, with an emphasis on bicyclists. You can read Adventure Cycling’s post about the revised TA.
The rumble strip TA still leaves room for improvement and most of what happens is at the state and local levels. The Bicycle Alliance worked with WSDOT to develop decent rumble strip guidelines, but the key is to make sure these guidelines are followed. That’s where you come in! Contact your regional WSDOT bicycle coordinator and the Bicycle Alliance if you believe there has been an incorrect installation of rumble strips in your area.