In the past 10 years the United States has experienced a 80% increase in the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. While in contrast, there has only been a 5% increase in the use of motor vehicles. For this reason more and more cities are developing robust bicycle transportation networks.
For this reason more and more cities are developing main bicycle thoroughfare facilities, such as cycle tracks, as key elements of their transportation network. Cycle tracks can be considered as bicycle arterials or bicycle highways, and this course will outline the planning and design elements needed to develop cycle tracks that support this main thoroughfare purpose. Engineers, Architects, Contractors and other professionals from the A/E industry will learn design guidelines for elements that form part of cycle tracks and that support their implementation, such as ADA accommodations, vehicular traffic level considerations, and the design of geometric elements to accommodate on-street parking, transit facilities and left-turn movements from the cycle track.
Health, Safety and Welfare
1) Identify at least two key elements in the design of cycle tracks that improve the health, safety and welfare of the public.
2) Include two features in cycle track design that accommodate ADA and PROWAG requirements.
3) Based on traffic levels, select the most adequate cycle track width to safely accommodate cyclists.
4) Design cycle tracks that use two strategies to accommodate adjacent on-street parking.
5) Develop two geometrical configurations to assist cycle track users in turning left at intersections.
6) Given a set of design criteria select the most adequate treatment for accommodating bus bays or transit stops adjacent to cycle tracks.