Pedestrian Facility Design (online)

Meets: Th from 12 M to 12:00 AM

Location: Online

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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 provided more option to address pedestrian safety and convenience. 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 persons charged with preliminary planning, development, or design of high-quality pedestrian facilities. It will also be valuable for persons responsible for planning pedestrian friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

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


Refunds will not be given for technical problems. It is your responsibility to test your own connection before the class starts. We suggest you discuss any possible problems with your IT person at least one day before the class.



Rafat Raie

PE, Deputy Director of Public Works, City Traffic Engineer, City of San Rafael

Mr. Raie has nearly 30 years of Traffic Engineering experience including design, operation, planning, and maintenance. As an instructor with ITS Tech Transfer for the past nine years, he has shared his professional experience in pedestrian facility design and operations in communities throughout California. He has a well-rounded experience in traffic signal systems, parking systems, innovative pedestrian facilities, and ADA standards.

Meghan Mitman

AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers, Walnut Creek, CA

Ms. Mitman has over 15 years of transportation planning and engineering experience. She is an expert in active transportation planning and safety, having co-authored the multi-award winning California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessments Technical Guidebooks and served as the project manager for pedestrian and bicycle safety assessments and active transportation plans statewide. She is a national instructor for the FHWA's pedestrian and bicycle planning, safety, and design courses. Meghan has published numerous articles based on her safety research in TRB's Transportation Research Record, which have included a specific focus on crosswalk behavior, safety, and countermeasures as well as pedestrian demand forecasting. She is lead author for the ITE Recommended Practice on Accommodating Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges. Meghan is a member of the TRB Pedestrian Committee and the international Chair of the ITE Complete Streets Council.


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