Protected Bikeway Design: An ITE Practitioners Guide & Lecture Series

There are numerous design guides that have been produced in the past decade for the design of bicycle infrastructure. The most recent guidance includes substantially more information about protected bike lanes due to the strength of their demonstrated outcomes. These facilities, also referred to as separated bike lanes and cycle tracks, have been shown to improve safety, user comfort, operations, equity, and mode share. With the additional guidance and approvals from authorizing agencies, growth in protected bike lane miles/kilometres has been significant. However, questions about the specific design and operational details that many of the guides do not address requires additional design guidance and research before these designs are widely adopted. The ITE Protected Bike Lane Lecture Series will address these gaps related to 5 priority areas: Safety Performance, Mid-Block Design & Operation, Intersection Design & Operation, Maintenance, and Implementation, and result in the development of the ITE Practitioners Guide*. While much of the application of protected bike lanes has been in urban areas, we will also include guidance for suburban contexts.

The Introduction lecture will include a summary of what protected bike lanes are, outcomes that have been achieved, and sources of guidance that exist and are emerging. The focus will be on guides at federal, state/provincial, and local levels within North America and note design issues that recent guides are working to address.

The Safety Performance lecture will focus on addressing the observed safety performance of protected bike lanes and associated intersection control approaches. This will include dispelling myths and highlighting critical aspects of design and operations to support safe systems and vision zero.

The Mid-Block Design & Operation lecture will focus on the design and operation at mid-block locations. Topics will include barrier types and their impact on safety and operations, transit-bicycle accommodations, parking/loading-bicycle accommodations, and landscaping/trees. (Due to a technical error during the original recording, the recording will not be made available immediately. We are offering this as a live webinar on September 14, 2017, 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT. The recording will be available shortly thereafter.)

The Intersection Design & Operation lecture will likely be the largest section with content including intersection controls and signals, protected intersections, conflict marking strategies (at intersections, accesses, and driveways), sight lines, and signal detection.

The Maintenance lecture will include maintenance strategies and design considerations to support operation and use in winter, and will also include street sweeping. Implementation will provide examples of rapid implementation, making protected bike lanes a reality within the regulatory frameworks of the US and Canada, education initiatives, and data collection and performance reporting.

* The ITE Practitioners Guide referenced is not included with the purchase of the entire webinar series.