February 14, 2008
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Intersections
The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi) is sponsoring an upcoming professional development course on intersection design.
This course, developed and taught by engineers for engineers, teaches participants how to design intersections that provide safety and mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians. Participants will learn the principles and process of good intersection design for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, understand the relevant policies and standards, and learn how to apply them in a variety of settings, including retrofits of existing conditions and design of new facilities. Specific topics will include:
• Characteristics of bicyclist and pedestrian movement at intersections;
• Problem identification;
• Applicable policies and standards for design, including benefits and drawbacks for each mode of travel;
• Intersection treatment and design options;
• Selection and evaluation process for traffic control treatments at intersections;
• Design principles for bicycle and pedestrian movement, safety, and comfort;
• Key safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections.
The course will include discussion of specific needs of bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections, and will feature a selection of intersection treatment innovations from abroad.
Thursday: Classroom instruction and discussion, application of course content through problem-solving and case studies, and a brief walking tour of facilities.
Friday: Bicycle field tour and discussion of intersection facilities in the Portland area. (Bike rentals available; see registration form.)
Who should attend?
Transportation engineers and technical planners responsible for intersection planning, design, and retrofit on public roadways.
PETER KOONCE, PE, is a transportation engineer and Technical Services Leader with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. He is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and has taught short courses for the University of Washington. He currently manages the development of the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Signal Timing Manual – a multimodal approach to signal timing with a focus on integrating policy and engineering decisions.
ROB BURCHFIELD, PE, is the City Traffic Engineer for the Portland Office of Transportation. He has 25 years of experience and has worked extensively with the design and operation of urban streets for bicycles and pedestrians.
JAMIE PARKS is a transportation planner with Kittelson & Associates who works closely with engineers to develop appropriate non-motorized transportation solutions. He is developing tools to measure the safety and suitability of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and is participating in the development of the multi-modal chapters of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual.
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.
For more information
Contact the IBPI at 503-725-4024 or email@example.com
Fax to 503-725-8480
The fee for this professional development course is $395. This includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include bike rental, travel, lodging, or other meals while in Portland. To register for the program please use the form and fax or mail it in to our office. Registration deadline is APRIL 10, 2008.
Full information about the course can be found here: http://ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/intersectiondesign.php
And the registration form can be downloaded here: http://ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/media/Intersection Design.pdf
Office Specialist II
Portland State University
Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI)
Center for Transportation Studies - Suite 320
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
506 SW Mill Street, Portland, OR 97201
PO Box 751, 97207-0751
Jennifer Dill, Ph.D.
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (USP)
Director, Center for Transportation Studies
Assistant Director, Center for Urban Studies
Portland State University
web site: http://web.pdx.edu/~jdill/
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
506 SW Mill Street
370T Urban Center
Portland, OR 97201
February 14, 2008 2:10 PM
AL M Says:
Interesting post given the fatal bus/bike crash.
Here is how TO NOT DESIGN an intersection.
Of course I am just a dumb bus driver but even I can see that this intersection is nuts:
February 14, 2008 10:38 PM
...teaches participants how to design intersections that provide safety and mobility for bicyclists...pedestrians, transit, and drivers.
You're welcome, fixed that for you. If it's really of any value it'll include all of the above.
Admittedly, I'll ride a bike to work sometimes, if the route from near Downtown PDX to the Couv improves. I'm not going to ride the Interstate Bridge, or 14 miles each way normally. Give me a better route, and I might occasionally do it though.
I'm doing a reverse commute (PDX to Couv), and the drive is still hell quite often. I'm not going to ride a bike in the dark (aka, from Oct to Feb) but in the summer, yeah, if it's safe.
It could be relaxing, other than going south from downtown 'Couv to Argyle. Oh, and N Going to NW isn't a place I really feel safe in either.
I like the CRC idea not just for the better and safer traffic flow, but cause it gives a bike rider a chance. The current bridge would mean I'd get off my bike and walk. That's not a great way to commute.
Just one resident's opinion though...