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Come Back With a Warrant: Traffic Control and Evidence-Based Safety for Bicycles

Current industry guidance provides alternative methods, and sometimes conflicting direction, for determining when bike control is required. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices focuses on development of standards, guidelines, and practices to regulate, warn and guide traffic on streets and highways. The cities of Los Angeles, CA, Boise, ID, and Vancouver, BC have been at the forefront in the area of alternative transportation and traffic control for bicycle facilities. In addition, new on-line data resources for benchmarking bicycle activity and safety will be soon available through a project jointly development by ITE and the American Public Health Association.

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop knowledge of best practices in determining the need for bike signals and exclusive bike phasing at signals to improve safety and reduce conflicts.
  • Understand critical components of signal design for bike facilities.
  • Identify site constraints for successful signal installation.
  • Describe tools and resources available through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Benchmarking Website.
Kate Whitfield, Office Manager / Associate Engineer, Alta Planning + Design Inc., Ottawa, ON

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