TWO-DAY SEMINAR IN CYCLING TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING

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Successful bicycling programs require both scientifically accurate engineering techniques and sociological and psychological insights into people's beliefs and behavior. The successful bicycling program administrator must not only know what the facts are; he or she must also understand the engineering principles that are indicated by the known facts, principles that are the only correct guide for developing effective programs. More than this: because of the conflict between popular opinion and scientific fact, the successful bicycling program administrator requires a scientifically-supported understanding of the psychology and sociology of cyclists.

Cycling Transportation Engineering is a multi-disciplinary subject that covers this field. As in any professional subject, the practitioner cannot simply follow a handbook, standard or guide. Only by understanding the principles can the bicycle program administrator decide what to do and how best to do it. This seminar considers the facts, the principles and the practice of cycling transportation engineering in the areas of traffic behavior and facilities, individual psychology and training, and group psychology and politics.

I First Morning

A: Registration and Book Distribution

B: The Basic Question: Are Cyclists Equal to or Inferior to Motorists

C: Contemporary Cycling Transportation

D: Cycling Sociology

E: Proper Cyclist Traffic Behavior (Film)

F: Cyclist Accidents

1: Falls & Skids

2: Car-bike Collisions

3: Bike-ped Collisions

4: Bike-bike Collisions

5: Bike-dog Collisions

II First Midday Ride: Ride through traffic situations to location for lunch. Discussion during lunch of the situations encountered

III. First Afternoon

A: Traffic Maneuver Analysis

1: Motorist Overtaking

2: Motorist Right Turn

3: Cyclist Overtaking

4: Cyclist Left Turn

B. Effect of Cyclists on Traffic

C. Effect of Traffic on Cyclists

IV Second Morning

A: Effect of Bikeways on Traffic

B: Bikeway Research Results

C: Bikeway Designs

V. Second Midday Ride: Ride through more advanced traffic situations to location for lunch. Discussion during lunch of the situations encountered 

VI. Second Afternoon

A: Cycling Transportation Program Plan

1: Deficiency Correction

2: Demand Analysis

3: Route Selection

4: Law Enforcement Reform

5: Cyclist Education 

6: Origin & Destination Studies

7: Accident Reduction Programs

8: Government Reform

B: Highway Standards for Bicycle Use

1: Width

2: Surfaces

3: Traffic Controls

4: Turning Lanes

5: Accessibility & Mobility

6: Grades

7: Signlization

8: Destination and Route Signing

9: High-cost Structures

10: Traffic Volume

 

VII. Textbooks will be supplied as part of the course materials: Forester, Effective Cycling; Forester, Bicycle Transportation

VIII. Lunches will be the responsibility of the participants. We will ride to a suitable spot, preferably a sandwich place with outside seating where we can park the bicycles. If such a spot is unavailable, we will carry our lunches to a suitable location. Participants will be notified in advance.

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