FHWA University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

Description: The FHWA University Course contains modular resource material that is intended for use in university courses on bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

The Student Workbook contains 24 lessons that span a wide range of topics including an introduction to bicycling and walking issues, planning and designing for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and supporting elements and programs. Scripted slideshows for all 24 lessons are available to facilitate course development and delivery. An overview lecture and scripted slideshow also is provided when a one- or two-lecture overview is needed for existing undergraduate or graduate courses. The key learning outcomes in the course material are as follows:

  • Students should recognize the legitimacy of the bicycle and pedestrian modes in a balanced transportation system.
  • Students should understand how policy, planning, and engineering practices can be improved to create a more balanced transportation system.
  • Students should be familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles and know how to use them to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities.

Target Audience: Graduate and undergraduate students in transportation planning and engineering-related fields

Length: Each lesson (there are 24 total) requires about 60 to 90 minutes

Contact: For details, download the Course Flyer. For technical information, contact the Task Order Manager, Ann Do, at 202-493-3319, or ann.do@dot.gov.

Web link: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/pedbike/05085/

Course Materials

Course Lessons (20 MB, ZIP)

  • Lesson 1: Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility 
  • Lesson 2: Bicycling and Walking in the United States Today
  • Lesson 3: Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety 
  • Lesson 4: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning 
  • Lesson 5: Using Land Regulations
  • Lesson 6: Traditional Neighborhood Design 
  • Lesson 7: Adapting Suburban Communities 
  • Lesson 8: Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Lesson 9: Walkways, Sidewalks, and Public Spaces 
  • Lesson 10: Pedestrian Facility Signing and Pavement Markings
  • Lesson 11: Pedestrian Design at Intersections 
  • Lesson 12: Midblock Crossings 
  • Lesson 13: Selecting Bicycle Facility Types and Evaluating Roadways 
  • Lesson 14: Shared Roadways 
  • Lesson 15: Bicycle Lanes 
  • Lesson 16: Bicycle Facility Maintenance
  • Lesson 17: Bicycle Parking and Storage 
  • Lesson 18: Bicycle and Pedestrian Connect 
  • Lesson 19: Greenways and Shared Use Paths 
  • Lesson 20: Traffic Calming 
  • Lesson 21: Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation in Work Zones 
  • Lesson 22: Tort Liability 
  • Lesson 23: International Approaches
  • Lesson 24: A Comprehensive Approach: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation
  • Combined report of all lessons 

Instructor PowerPoints, Lessons 1-24 (70 MB, ZIP)

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