Current research and practice for protected bike lanes in urban and rural areas examine design, usage-level forecasts, safety, and impacts on land use and business, including case studies in North America and Europe and identification of critical success factors. Early and experienced planners and designers and others learn about the operation and performance of protected bike lanes, including aspects of conflicts with pedestrians as well as ADA requirements.
1:30 to 1:40 pm Call to Order by Gord Lovegrove
1:40 to 2:50 pm - Bikeways / cycle tracks design – what works & what doesn’t (each 15 + 2.5 Q/A mins)
- Dan Goodman (FHWA, USA)
- Peter van der Knaap (SWOV, NL)
- Peter Furth (Northeastern University, Boston)
- Rock Miller (Stantec, CA)
2:50 to 3:50 pm - Impacts of protected bike lanes
Peter van der Knaap (SWOV, NL)
Peter Furth (Northeastern University, Boston)
Martha Roskowski (PeopleForBikes)
Thomas Jonsson (Norwegian University of Science)
3:50 to 4:00 pm – Break
4:00 to 4:45 pm – Research Needs Statement: Barriers to expanding the bikeway network across NA
Gord Lovegrove to facilitate
5:00 pm Wrap up, thank-you & dismissal
Design practices for cycle tracks
Peter Furth, Northeastern UniversityShow Abstract
Different design practices for cycle tracks (protected bike lanes) can be seen in different European countries and in North America. In some European countries, certain design practices have become favored because they are believed to improve safety. The number of rigorous safety studies of different design features is relatively small. What do we know from research and what do we not yet know about the safety of design practices including one-way versus two-way paths, raised crossings, offsets on intersection approaches, treatments for mitigating right turn conflicts including mixing zones, signal protection from left turns, parking setback for intersection sight distance, and having bike routes follow main roads versus quietways?
Empirical findings about the provision and design of cycling facilities
Peter van der Knaap, SWOV Institute for Road Safety ResearchShow Abstract
The question of how to make cycling attractive and safe is one of the many challenges cities in motorized countries face. This presentation focuses on empirical findings concerning the provision and design of cycling facilities, such as cycle lanes and separate (protected) cycle tracks. In terms of success and fail factors, it discusses the impact of (historical) policy decisions on urban development, the role of design guidelines and their use, the ‘theory in Numbers’ assumption, and the need and possibility of a pro-active approach. Finally it will present some future challenges, such as the growing popularity of cycling, the introduction of new bicycle types such as pedelecs and speed- pedelecs, and the implications of ‘automated cars’ for cyclists and cycle facilities.
The new FHWA guide on separated bike lanes
Daniel Goodman, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Moving from design concepts to real life projects throughout North America
Rock Miller, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.Show Abstract
Rock Miller will speak on recent design experience that identifies omissions or gaps in moving from design concepts to real life projects throughout North America.
Protected bike lanes
Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes
Experiences with separated bicycle infrastructure in Scandinavia
Thomas Jonsson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)