Pedestrian Facilities: Planning and Conceptual Design for Accessibility and Safety

Dates: March 16-18, 2021

Meets: Tu, W and Th from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Online

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


This course grants 0.75 CEUs and 7.5 AICP CM hours (pending AICP approval)


Federal, state and local policies assert that pedestrian facilities are important parts of a multi-modal transportation system. Communities across California are asking for more emphasis on walkability, with facilities that are safe and comfortable for all pedestrians, including those who are disabled. Recent updates to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) and the California Highway Design Manual have provided more options and design guidelines. This new course covers principles and good practices, including how to plan, design, and operate a wide range of pedestrian-friendly facilities, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and other public spaces adjoining or intersecting the vehicular transportation system. Application of current standards and guidelines is emphasized. Case studies supplement lectures.

The course is developed to meet the training needs of professionals charged with preliminary planning, development, or conceptual design of high-quality pedestrian facilities. It will also be valuable for professionals responsible for planning pedestrian-friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver high-quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Click here for a detailed course outline.

Topics Include

  • treatment options for safe pedestrian crossings, including signal options and operations
  • design guidelines & standards for pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, transit stops, and public spaces
  • integrate safe and attractive pedestrian facilities with motorized traffic, Vision Zero
  • ADA requirements, guidelines, and implementation strategies
  • formulate community design guidelines to account for pedestrians
  • integrating pedestrian basic needs and concerns into policies and planning codes
  • use of GIS tools

What You Will Learn

Students learn how to create a variety of pedestrian-friendly facilities while staying within federal and state standards and guidelines for safety and meeting current ADA requirements.

Trainees will gain an in-depth understanding of the design considerations that should guide the development of pedestrian master plans. Trainees will be better prepared to develop quality designs, apply design principles to inform project planning phases, and address issues that may limit effectiveness of existing facilities.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, planners, and consultants with responsibility for planning, designing or constructing pedestrian facilities along streets and highways.

This course is most appropriate for professionals interested in understanding how to conceptually plan and design a pedestrian facility that meets user needs, encourages additional usage and growth in walking, and preserves or improves accessibility and safety for all users. While the course is designed for professionals who may be charged with the planning and design of pedestrian facilities, it will offer value and insight to professionals who are interested in or charged with oversight of the project selection, refinement, and design process.


Group Pricing Special

Pay for one online class registration at full-price and receive up to five additional registrations for your co-workers for the same class at half-price. After you complete your full-price online class registration, please contact our registrar at to receive a coupon code for 50% off each additional participant that you can share with up to five others from your agency. If your co-worker has provided you with a coupon code, you will be prompted to enter the code before you complete your registration. For groups larger than six, please contact the registrar at for more information. Some online courses are excluded from this offer.

Class Schedule

This class has three 2.5 hour sessions on three consecutive days.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 :: 9:00-11:30 :: Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 :: 9:00-11:30 :: Pacific Time
Thursday, March 18, 2021 :: 9:00-11:30 :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook.
Please make sure we have your updated contact information and you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture. We recommend you discuss any possible problems or online security issues with your IT person before you register for any online classes.
If you're worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator, Fredda Olivares, the week before the class to schedule a time to test your system. If you don't test your system and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will not provide a refund.


Please Note:   This is an online class.

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 145.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 290.00



Obaid Khan

PE, Senior Project Manager, Gray-Bowen-Scott

Mr. Khan is a registered Civil Engineer in California with over 28 years of professional experience in the fields of civil and transportation engineering. Mr. Khan has recently retired from City of Dublin, where he oversaw the Transportation Division since 2012. At the City of Dublin, he oversaw the planning, design, and construction of transportation capital projects as well as the operation of all traffic signals, intelligent transportation systems, and management of all transportation facilities. Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Mr. Khan managed the Transportation Division at the City of Alameda. At the City of Alameda, he oversaw the City's Transportation Commission and represented the City at various regional forums and committees. He has led the development of the City's Pedestrian Master Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the update of the City's Transportation Element, including the creation of a multimodal street functional classification system. Mr. Khan has in-depth knowledge of transportation funding in California. He has worked on many projects where he acquired funding from multiple federal, state, and local funding sources. He has worked with residents, community groups, and political entities on numerous projects to achieve public support. His problem solving and collaborative approach has enabled him to achieve success on controversial local and regional issues.

Min Zhou

PE, Principal, KOA Corporation

With a background in both engineering and planning, Ms. Zhou offers more than 28 years of professional transportation experience in roadway design, traffic engineering, operational analysis, traffic forecast modeling, multimodal operations, and big data management. She has worked across the United States--in the Midwest, and both East and West Coasts. She has traveled to many countries to learn about their transportation systems. In recent years, Ms. Zhou has established a reputable expertise in the areas of complete streets, active transportation, and multi-modal transportation in Southern California, and she has managed more than 50 active transportation design and planning projects. Among these projects, Ms. Zhou has developed procedures for walk audits, provided recommendations for pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements, and evaluated toolbox and design features of various pedestrian facilities. Ms. Zhou is a frequent presenter at Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and other professional society conferences.

Date Day Time Location
03/16/2021Tuesday9 AM to 11:30 AM Online
03/17/2021Wednesday9 AM to 11:30 AM Online
03/18/2021Thursday9 AM to 11:30 AM Online


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