Joint Subcommittee on Pedestrian and Bicycle University Education
Pedestrian and Bicycle University Education is a joint subcommittee of the Bicycle (ANF20) and Pedestrian (ANF10) Committees. It has three main responsibilities:
- Identify core competencies. The subcommittee is responsible for identifying core competencies for pedestrian and bicycle planning and engineering being taught in university and community college pedestrian and bicycle transportation courses or integrated into other broader courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It will share this information with educators and other users through the subcommittee web page, professional meetings, and other outlets. The subcommittee will also work with stakeholders to identify needs for additional or different core competencies as the field matures.
- Facilitate a network. The subcommittee will provide a base for a national network of faculty and professionals who currently teach or are interested in teaching courses or modules on bicycle and pedestrian transportation. This network will facilitate information-sharing and assist individuals and institutions in creating and updating curricula to best meet educational objectives and knowledge needs for future practice. It will also facilitate identification of barriers to curriculum integration and potential solutions to those barriers.
- Monitor research. The subcommittee will monitor research and evaluation related to curriculum development and implementation for bicycle and pedestrian transportation topics. The subcommittee will encourage and track evaluations and other research on teaching methods, topics, and other instructional methods on bicycle and pedestrian transportation.
Participation in the subcommittee is open to any interested individuals. The best way to get involved is to attend the subcommittee meeting at the TRB Annual Meeting in January or email one of the co-chairs and ask to be added to the email list. The subcommittee is co-chaired by Daniel B. Hess of SUNY Buffalo (email@example.com), Meghan Wieters of the University of Oklahoma, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Kristen Langford of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (email@example.com). Other subcommittee organizers include Bob Schneider of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Sandt of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (email@example.com).
Activities to Date
Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Education Workshops
A series of workshops were held at conferences, focusing on Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Education at the university level. The first was held at ProWalk/ProBike in 2008, followed by a Sunday workshop at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in January 2010, and again at ProWalk/ProBike in 2010. The following are notes from the meetings and a spreadsheet of participants in the workshops:
- January 2010 TRB Workshop Notes on Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Education
- September 2010 ProWalk/ProBike Committee Session Notes on Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Education
- Workshop participants and organizers
Listing of University Course Providers
In effort to facilitate a network of course instructors and monitor the number of pedestrian and bicycle courses being taught, the subcommittee has assembled a listing of course providers it has been made aware of; this list may not be complete and some information may have changed. Additionally, many course instructors have shared course materials (such as course syllabus, websites), which can be found at the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center website. Please contact Kristen Langford (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to this list or to share course materials on the site.
For More Information
For more information on subcommittee activities or to join the subcommittee, please contact one of the co-chairs: Daniel Hess (email@example.com), Meghan Wieters (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kristen Langford (email@example.com). For questions or concerns with the website, please contact Kristen Langford.