• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Workshop 1036

Risky Business?: Exploring What Lies Ahead for Designing Roads for All Users

Sunday 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
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Ingrid Potts, MRIGlobal, presiding
Paul Dorothy, S-E-A Limited, presiding
Jeffrey Shaw, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Operational Effects of Geometrics (AHB65)
Standing Committee on Tort Liability and Risk Management (AL070)

This combination workshop and panel discussion focuses on achieving the integration of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including accessible features, into road projects, including those at alternative or innovative intersections. The workshop will touch on current research efforts and best practices and will identify further research needs and opportunities.

Risky Business? The future of design standards in urban areas to adequately address all users.

9:00-9:05 - “Sometimes you just gotta say ‘What the heck.’” - Paul Dorothy- Introduction and overview of the workshop.

9:05-9:20 - “How did we get here?” - Doug Harwood - Short history of the development of the Green Book and of rival “grass roots” design guides.

9:20-9:40 - “If you won’t fix it, we will. The rise of alternate standards.” - Matthew Roe - Presentation of the NACTO standards…how and why they differ from the Green Book. Why were they necessary to bring forth? How do they relate to the Green Book?

9:40-10:00 - “Left on the curb—ADA standards and the design guides” - Janet Barlow - Presentation of how ADA Standards are not adequately addressed in either the Green Book or NACTO standards.

10:00-10:20 - “Integrating ALL users in the design process for ALL intersections” - Mike Alston - Overview and examples of the performance-based processes for pedestrians, cyclists, and accessibility developed under NCHRP projects 03-78 and 07-25

10:20-10:30 - BREAK

10:30-10:50 - “Yer killing me!” - Bill Schultheiss - Bicycle and pedestrian deaths under traditional design standards and how non-traditional standards better address the safety and operational needs of non-motorized users.

10:50-11:10 - “Sure, but what about the liability?” - Jeanne Scherer - Presentation of the liability issues associated with deviating from the Green Book standards in urban areas. Will cover recent judgements that have impacted agencies.

11:10-11:55 - Panel Discussion - Speakers, Moderator - Audience question and answer session with panelists. Moderator will direct questions to specific panel members.

11:55-noon - “Where do we go from here?” - Paul Dorothy

NOTE: A PM workshop pertaining to the vision for the 8th Edition of the AASHTO Green Book is an excellent follow up to this workshop.

Title Presentation Number
Workshop Introduction and Overview
Paul Dorothy, S-E-A Limited
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The Rise of Alternative Design Guidance and Philosophy for Non-Motorized Users
Paul Dorothy, S-E-A Limited
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Left on the Curb: Americans with Disabilities Act Standards and the Design Guides
Janet Barlow, Accessible Design for the Blind (ADB)
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Integrating All Users in the Design Process for All Intersections
Bastian Schroeder, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI)
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Perspectives on Liability
Paul Dorothy, S-E-A Limited
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