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Edge Lane Roads – New Uses and Safety Performance

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An edge lane road (ELR), also known as advisory bike lanes or advisory shoulders, is a treatment that has been used for decades in other countries but is new to North America. Most practitioners see ELRs as a way to accommodate bicycles on roads too narrow for other bicycle facilities. This session will show ELRs used as shared use trails, to prevent single-vehicle roadway departure crashes, and as a town's main street. New research on the safety of ELRs will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what edge lane roads and their uses.
  • Highlight examples of edge lane road designs in the U.S.
  • Understand research on the safety of edge land roads.

Moderator: Michael Williams, Owner, Michael Williams Company

Speakers:
  • Michael Williams, Owner, Michael Williams Company, Mt. Shasta, California
  • David Peterson, City Engineer, City of Port Townsend, Port Townsend, Washington
  • Tom Kassmel, Town Engineer, Town of Vail, Vail, Colorado
  • Anurag Pande, Professor of Civil Engineering, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

Contributors

  • Moderator: Michael Williams, Owner, Michael Williams Company, Mt. Shasta, California

    Michael Williams is Principal of Michael Williams Company, a transportation consulting firm. His firm specializes in solutions for the rural environment around active transportation, roundabouts, road diets and traffic calming strategies. Michael has been involved both with the planning and design of active transportation facilities and public works construction management for more than 25 years. Michael advocates for, researches and presents on edge lane roads (ELRs) in an effort to increase awareness of this overlooked treatment. Michael’s website, advisorybikelanes.com, is the most complete source of information on ELRs available. In addition to fifteen years as a licensed public works general contractor, he holds three engineering degrees and has been awarded more than ten patents. Michael is a member of APBP and ITE.

  • Anurag Pande, Professor of Civil Engineering, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California

    Dr. Anurag Pande is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His research interests include data mining applications and observational data analysis, including in the areas of traffic safety and crashes, driver behavior, transportation resilience, and emergency evacuation. He is also an expert in community engagement and service-learning. He serves as the faculty director for community-based learning at Cal Poly to support faculty and local agencies conceive and deliver projects of mutual benefits. He serves on two Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees as a member: Safety Performance and Analysis (ACS 20) and Disaster Response, Emergency Evacuations, and Business Continuity (AMR 20). He has co-authored more than 30 manuscripts that have been either published or are forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals. He has led and managed sponsored projects totaling more than $2M, including projects with several state DOTs, including Florida, California, and Oregon. He was also one of the invited speakers on “Changes in Traffic Safety Policies and Regulations in 7 Countries (1950-2010)” at the 2012 International Workshop organized by IATSS (International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences) at the United Nations University in Tokyo. He is the editor of the recently released 7th edition of Traffic Engineering Handbook (TEH), published by ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers). The TEH is a widely recognized reference among traffic engineering practitioners since 1941 when the 1st edition of the Handbook was released. Dr. Pande received his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai (India); and MS and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF).

  • David Peterson, City Engineer, City of Port Townsend, Port Townsend, Washington

    David Peterson, P.E. has served for the past 25 years as City Engineer for City of Port Townsend, Washington. Previously he spent 18 years as project manager with CH2M Hill.

  • Tom Kassmel, Town Engineer, Town of Vail, Vail, Colorado

    Tom Kassmel is the Town Engineer for the Town of Vail and has worked for the Town of Vail since 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Idaho. He has been involved with most of the design and construction of Vail's public infrastructure over the past 20 years ranging from heated streets, roundabouts, bridges, public buildings, and pedestrian roadside facilities. As with any mountain resort area resident he enjoys all of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

July 29, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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