Upcoming Webinar Series to Focus on Separated Bike Lanes

News Brief

May 16, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC —  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will deliver a free two-part webinar series on separated bike lanes.

Planning for Separated Bike Lanes (Part I)
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1551046242500321282

Design Considerations for Separated Bike Lanes (Part II)
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/327465722646072322

Separated bike lanes are gaining popularity in communities across the country. Also known as "cycle tracks" or "protected bike lanes," a separated bike lane is an exclusive facility for bicyclists that is located within or directly adjacent to the roadway and that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element. FHWA recently released the Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/) to provide detailed information and recommendations about when, where, and how to incorporate these facilities as part of the development of safe, comfortable, and connected bicycle networks.

This two-part webinar series will take attendees through the process of evaluating potential locations for separated bike lanes, preparing designs and configurations using the available options, and monitoring the system's performance following implementation. Presentations will be delivered by Carl Sundstrom, of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Ben Rosenblatt, of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants.

Part I will focus on planning separated bike lanes. Panelists will emphasize the importance of considering separated bike lanes not as standalone projects, but as components of the larger bicycle network. It is important to consider a variety of factors when selecting locations and configurations of a proposed separate bike lane. To provide real-world context to this discussion, Part I will feature a presentation from Jack Nata of the City of Newark, New Jersey, to discuss their projects.

Part II of the webinar series will cover a range of design options and considerations. The presentation will emphasize the importance of flexibility in considering all possible design solutions, and will point attendees toward a menu of design options. The presentation will address specific design considerations for midblock locations and intersections. This session will feature a case study presentation from Mike Amsden, who will share experiences from the City of Chicago, Illinois.

Both of the webinars in this series will include a discussion period with the panelists following the presentations.

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.