What Everyone Ought To Know About Safety and Bicycles

Ohio LTAP Center / Ohio Depart

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

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Overview

         Bicycles and Roundabouts: Like Oil and Water or Peanut Butter and Chocolate

         The design and use of bicycle facilities at roundabouts in North America has been largely based on guidance provided in

         NCHRP Report 672: Roundabouts in the United States, Second Edition. In the last few years, guidance from NACTO

         (Urban Design Guide and Urban Bicycle Design Guide), along with FHWA (Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design

         Guide) have provided updated state-of-the-practice information on designing for bicyclists, but with little information on

         designing for bicyclists at roundabouts.  The process towards developing the concept designs will be discussed, along

         with design considerations, and trade-offs inherent in designing within constrained urban environments where

         pedestrians and bicyclists are most prevalent. Several case studies, including the proposed concept design for the Inman

         Square "peanutabout" in Cambridge, Massachusetts, along with examples from Ohio will also be presented.

         Fake News Alert: Road Diets are not Safe for Bikes or Peds

         A safety study was performed on Shroyer Road in the City of Oakwood: a 4-lane roadway without facilities to assist

         pedestrians other than the legal (unmarked) crosswalks at each unsignalized intersection within the 1.0 mile corridor.

         Countermeasures were proposed to mitigate the 80 crashes that occurred over a 5-year period. The primary

         countermeasure proposed was the conversion of the 4-lane roadway section to a 3-lane roadway section with raised

         medians and exclusive bike lanes.  Research has documented a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a road

         diet is installed on a previously four-lane undivided facility.   A letter to the editor published by the Oakwood Register

         from a local traffic engineer cited numerous reasons why a road diet is not safe. The newspaper article referenced

         several myths and alternative 'facts' that are too common as they relate to pedestrian and bicycle safety. Current safety

         data from Ohio will be used to compare statewide trends to the Shroyer Road corridor.

         Building The Case For Ohio's State and US Bike Route System

         The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is deep into a multi year project to designate over 3,000 miles of State

         and US Bicycle routes. AASHTO and Adventure Cycling have developed a national corridor plan and many states are

         working on these connections. In fact, one route in Ohio, USBR 50 has already been designated and signed and

         communities are having success in drawing people to their communities using the designation. In Ohio. we have been

         taking a technical approach in mapping, data collection, and resolution collection.  In this session you will learn about the

         history of the US Bike Route System and learn about Ohio's unique approach to developing an integrated US and State

         System.

Speakers

Scott Phinney

Invited Speaker

Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Planning, Office of Statewide Planning and Research Administrator Read More

Saara Snow

Invited Speaker

Travel Initiatives Coordinator, Adventure Cycling

Julie Walcoff

Invited Speaker

Ohio Department of Transportation, Division of Planning, Office of Program Management Read More

Alek Pochowski

Invited Speaker

Senior Engineer/Planner at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Read More

Scott Knebel

Invited Speaker

Professional Engineer with CMT Engineering

Contact Info

Jerry Garrison, Jerry.Garrison@dot.ohio.gov