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Bicycle Transportation: Bicycle Path Planning and Design TE-35

Course | June 4 – 6, 2013 every day | 1:30-4 p.m. |  Online workshop only

Michele DeRobertis, PE, Senior Transportation Planner & Bicycle Program Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Patrick T. Miller. FASLA, Partner, 2M Associates

Institute of Transportation Studies

The third in a series on the planning and design of both on-road and off-road bicycle facilities, this course will focus on the fundamental background knowledge necessary to design and implement off-street shared-use bicycle paths. Case studies will be presented. Sample spatial design problems, use conflicts, and alternative solutions will be illustrated. Federal and State laws and policies affecting pathway design will be reviewed including: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities; the California Highway Design Manual Chapter 1000; and the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), including new Department of Justice rulings on the use of power-driven mobility devices.

Topics Include
User safety as a primary goal
Accommodating shared use on a bicycle path and designing to manage path conflicts
Optimum right-of-way characteristics
Fundamental bicycle path design parameters (including design speed, optimum path width, horizontal alignment and curvature, vertical clearance, longitudinal grade and cross slope, structural section; soil erosion and water quality, obstructions, drainage grates and utility covers, signs, lighting, green path design
Intersection controls where bicycle paths cross roadways and railroad crossings
Avoiding barriers with bicycle bridges, underpasses, and causeways
Environmental values and regulations
Management options and maintenance requirements
Countering NIMBY and BANANA attitudes

What You Will Learn
Students will gain a basic understanding of key technical issues for planning, designing, and implementing multi-use bicycle paths as a key ingredient of a comprehensive non-motorized transportation system for cities and surrounding areas. Through case studies, students will learn how to address a wide variety of site-specific challenges that arise. Students leave class knowing where to find resources, guidelines, and information to aid implementation of the concepts taught in this course.

Who Should Attend
This class is designed for transportation planners, engineers, landscape architects, and bicycle program managers in local and state public agencies. Planning and design consultants will also benefit from a refresher on the standards and best practices for creating bicycle paths.


Registration opens January 1. Register by June 3 online, or by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at, 510-643-4393