Tuesdays at APA–DC — June 2012

Cycle Tracks and Other Innovations to Accommodate Increased Levels of Bicycling in Urban Areas

June 12, 2012

Cities across the U.S. are planning, designing, and implementing protected bicycle facilities, or cycle tracks, to accommodate increasing levels of bicycling, and to encourage more people to choose to bike for transportation. However, guidance on when and where cycle tracks are appropriate is currently limited.

This presentation will highlight trends and innovations in bicycle-friendly communities throughout the U.S. It will include a discussion of design and safety considerations for cycle track facilities, which are bikeways that are physically separated from motor traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned in designing and implementing cycle tracks as well as observations on the role of bicycling, and more broadly complete streets, in creating sustaining places.

Explore the benefits and shortcomings of cycle tracks compared with other on-road bike facilities such as bike boulevards and bike lanes. Other emerging planning and design treatments to improve bicycle conditions in urban areas will also be highlighted, and the presentation will conclude with observations on the role of bicycling, and more broadly complete streets, in sustaining places.

About the Speakers

Jennifer Toole, AICPJennifer Toole, AICP, has worked for more than 20 years in multi-modal planning and design, and serves as an expert consultant on bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the United States. As a certified planner with a degree in Landscape Architecture, her experience includes hands-on project design, as well as, national and statewide research and planning initiatives.

Bill SchultheissBill Schultheiss is a nationally recognized expert in bicycle and pedestrian facility design. Over the past eight years, Schultheiss has served as lead engineer for all of TDG's major bicycle master plans. He has personally overseen and designed more than 250 miles of bike lanes and eight miles of cycle tracks.

Dan Goodman, AICPDan Goodman, AICP, has led multi-modal transportation planning efforts across the U.S. from Philadelphia to Seattle. Over the course of the last six years, he has managed projects ranging from pedestrian and bicycle master plans, to transit access studies and statewide transportation policy plans. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.