PBIC and FHWA Announce Free Webinar on Road Diets

News Brief

February 11, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar on road diets:

Road Diets: Improving Safety for All Road Users
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5767519393088781569.

Road Diets, the conversion of four-lane undivided roadways to three lanes (two through lanes and a two-way-left-turn-lane), are listed as one the FHWA’s proven safety countermeasures.  This cross section reallocation can potentially improve safety, reduce speed differential, and/or improve accessibility for transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists. In November 2014, FHWA published the Road Diet Informational Guide to help communities understand Road Diets and their numerous benefits to all roadway users.

The FHWA Guide can be downloaded by visiting http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/info_guide/rdig.pdf.

Keith Knapp, Ph.D, P.E. (Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program) and Brian Chandler, P.E., PTOE (Leidos) were part of a team of practitioners who developed the guide and will serve as panelists for this webinar.  The session will provide an overview of the new guide and the basics of Road Diets. Participants will learn about the various safety and operational benefits of Road Diets and how to determine if they may be helpful in their location.

All of the panelists will then participate in a closing discussion.

This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives.  FHWA's Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates. Webinar archives for this series, as well as listings of upcoming sessions, can be found at http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA.cfm.

Since its inception in 1999, PBIC's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.