Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks

University Montana State University
Principal Investigators Rebecca Gleason, Taylor Lonsdale
PI Contact Information Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University
PO Box 174250, Bozeman, MT 59717
• 406-994-7031 –
Funding Source(s) (Amounts provided by each agency or organization) Small Urban & Rural Livability Center: $122,800

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Minnesota: $89,366

Total Project Cost $212,166
Agency ID or Contract Number DTFH6115H00023
Report Date December 2016
Brief Description of Research Project The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks report is a resource and idea book intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, accessible, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities. It provides a bridge between existing guidance on bicycle and pedestrian design and rural practice, encourage innovation in the development of safe and appealing networks for bicycling and walking in small towns and rural areas, and show examples of peer communities and project implementation that is appropriate for rural communities.

This document is intended to be a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities. It applies existing national design guidelines in a rural setting and highlights small town and rural case studies. It addresses challenges specific to rural areas, recognizes how many rural roadways are operating today, and focuses on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite the geographic, fiscal, and other challenges that many rural communities face.

Describe Implementation of Research Outcomes (or why not implemented)


It is anticipated that the document will help planners and others in small towns and rural communities implement infrastructure that is friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.
Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated) Document was just published. Implementation has not yet occurred.
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