New MUTCD to be adopted soon
In December 2020, the Federal Highway Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for an update to the MUTCD. The League of American Bicyclists, and its representatives on the NCUTCD, began reviewing the NPA immediately and corrected an error that would have banned bicycles on many roads.
The National Roadway Safety Strategy released by USDOT in January 2022 targets the adoption of a new MUTCD in 2023. It also says that FHWA will "Identify proposed future changes not possible via the current rulemaking effort and further update the Manual to promote the safety, inclusion, and mobility of all users and provide for the protection of vulnerable road users. Initiate four-year cycles to update this national standard for keeping current with the latest research, practices, and technologies."
To find the League's comments on the MUTCD and other information about the proposed amendment, please see this series of blogs:
The League also asked for changes to the MUTCD in two letters prior to the comment period. We still support these changes and want them reflected in the next MUTCD. See our Letter about speed limit setting, and Letter about interim approvals of NCUTCD proposals