TE-34 Bikeway Facility and Master Planning (online)

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CEUs: 0.80


This course grants 0.8 CEUs and 8.0 AICP CMs (CMs pending AICP approval)


This course will orient participants within the bicycle planning discipline, familiarize them with tools and accepted practice, and connect them with essential planning, design, and policy resources. The course will cover concepts, practices, and policies employed by the most bicycle-friendly cities and useful to practitioners to transform an average city into a bike-friendly city. The course is relevant to Planning, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Traffic Engineering departments, as well as land use and development consultants. The course will address best practices for preparing bicycle master plans, particularly California requirements. The course will also introduce participants to the technical toolbox for planning and designing bicycle facilities.

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Topics Include

  • Brief orientation to relevant Federal and California law and codes, legislation and incentives
  • Health benefits, Active Transportation / Safe Routes To Schools, Vision Zero, Environmental Justice, equity, underserved communities
  • Environmental analysis: threshold of significance
  • What makes a bicycle-friendly City? (policies and practices, model ordinances)
  • Bicycle Master Plans and Active Transportation Plans: elements and examples
  • Integration of bikeway network into multimodal transportation system / Complete Streets. School and transit commute-sheds. Interchanges and barriers. Jurisdictional boundaries
  • Network-level planning, connectivity and project development. General Plan Circulation Element. Modal priority / "Complete Corridors", impacts to other modes. Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) analysis. Traffic character - local vs. out-of-town / cut-through
  • Bikeway types and applicability: volume/speed/context, passing environment
  • Standards: traditional / Caltrans, recent additions, innovative and experimental elements. MUTCD, Interim Approvals, Experimentation, NACTO
  • Specifics of widths, markings and signage between and through intersections
  • Tools for transforming streets: cross section and "width budget", minimum vs. optimum, width reallocation, parking modifications, minor/major widening, roundabouts
  • Bikes and traffic signals: detection, green time and clearance intervals, bike signals, pedestrian hybrid beacons
  • Prioritizing, funding and programming bicycle projects
  • Pilot projects, "Tactical Urbanism", pop-up demonstrations
  • Maximizing opportunities: interdepartmental coordination, development review, CIP, traffic signal & ITS upgrades, maintenance programs
  • Liability issues related to project design and environmental review
  • Resources for further learning and practice

What You Will Learn

Trainees will develop basic fluency in concepts and components of bicycle facility design and planning as part of the transportation network, beginning with an introduction to relevant legislation and policy. Trainees will also develop several ways to think of bikeways in terms of components (widths, markings, signage, signals), context (urban / suburban / rural, motor traffic volume), and user preferences. They will learn about design details and considerations for each bikeway type, tools for transforming streets, and traffic signal control options to support bicycling.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for transportation planners and engineers, land use planners, bicycle program coordinators, consultants, and advocates. Real estate developers may also find the course valuable to understand how to maximize the bicycling potential and minimize undesired impacts of development.

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