One Size Does Not Fit All: Design Resources for Small Towns and Rural Communities

This presentation is part of the Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities panel.

Explore the new FHWA endorsed guide for Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks, the facility design guide focused on the smaller scale places left out of guides such as the NACTO Street Design Guide and ITE Walkable Urban Thoroughfares report. Learn from this idea book for smaller communities, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking 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. This session will feature detailed design guidance for rural-oriented facility types, and examples from peer communities.


  • Rose Ryan, AICP, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design
  • Colin Harris, PE, Engineering Associate, Alta Planning + Design

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