November 29, 2007
Upcoming professional development opportunity: Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility
The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi) is sponsoring an upcoming professional development course on pedestrian accessibility.
This course, developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), teaches participants how to apply the guidelines and policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to public rights-of-way. The course will examine range of pedestrian disabilities, how people with disabilities use pedestrian facilities, and how restrictive designs affect mobility and safety.
1. Accessibility guidelines and requirements of the ADA
2. Characteristics of pedestrians and the pedestrian environment
3. Legal requirements and funding opportunities (US DOT and FHWA)
4. Obligations to evaluate practices, policies and activities for discrimination and to remove barriers
Participants will learn how to enhance pedestrian mobility, independence and safety through accessible design and the accessible design elements of the pedestrian corridor, including:
1. Accessible driveways and curb ramps
2. Street crossings, including crosswalks, overpasses, underpasses, medians, and islands
3. Intersections and roundabouts
4. Pedestrian signs and signals, including accessible pedestrian signals
5. Temporary facilities and construction site safety
Who should attend?
Urban and transportation planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers, advocates, and others with responsibility for designing, planning, and/or building pedestrian facilities in the public right of way.
Instructor AIDA BERKOVITZ
In 2007, Aida Berkovitz retired from the Federal Highway Administration after a 32-year career as a traffic engineer. For five of those years she worked with the San Francisco Regional office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, coordinating the safety programs of both agencies. Aida has provided technical assistance and taught courses on pedestrian safety and design for FHWA and APBP. Aida was elected to the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board of Directors in 2002, and served as APBP's President in 2005.
For more information
Contact the IBPI at 503-725-4024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is sponsored by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi). The IBPI’s purpose is to enhance policies, programs, and projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle travel through research, education, and outreach.
The fee for this professional development course is $295. This includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, transportation, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. To register for the program please use the form linked below and fax or mail it in to our office. Registration deadline is January 25th.
Full information about the course can be found here: http://www.ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/accessibility.php
And the registration form can be downloaded here: http://www.ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/media/ibpi accessibility course flier and form.pdf
November 29, 2007 12:28 PM
Interesting. I was involved my entire career with implementing many of the standards mentioned. We couldn't believe some of the construction designs that came out of some of these conferences. Some of these people had no concept of construction practices. Costs were totally disregarded in the design process.
On another note, I just got back from North Carolina and was very surprised at the lack of enforcement of ADA standards in very basic applications. The grade school that I spent the most time with had no wheelchair accessibility. There were a minimum of five steps at every entrance to the building.