In the past 10 years the United States has experienced an 80% increase in the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation and a 30% increase in pedestrians. 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 and pedestrian transportation networks. And one of the key elements being used is that of multi-use paths.
Engineers, Architects, Contractors and other professionals from the A/E industry will gain core knowledge under this course for the planning and design of multi-use paths. This course will cover key guidelines from AASHTO, FHWA and NACTO in the development of multi-use paths, with a special emphasis in ADA elements, geometric requirements such as horizontal and vertical curvature design, and the adequate development of multi-use path crossings and roadway midblock crossings.
Health, Safety and Welfare
1) Incorporate the three key accessibility features in the design multi-use paths, that are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.
2) Identify at least two key design elements for the development of multi-use paths.
3) Based on design criteria, select the adequate radius for a multi-use path curvature.
4) Based on design criteria, select the adequate length of crest and sag curves for multi-use paths.
5) Describe at least two different types of crossings within multi-use path designs.
6) Design mid-block crossings of multi-use paths using at least two key safety criteria.