Accommodating Cycling Facilities
TAC’s Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada, published in 2012, represents a culmination of a number of recent studies about bicycle traffic and cycling facilities. The body of work provides guidance to ensure that on-road cycling facilities are developed and designed in a consistent method across Canada and incorporate principles of safety and human factors. Now being presented in a workshop format, authors of the TAC guidelines will provide participants with information about the development and selection of signs and markings as well as the application of other techniques in order to prepare the practitioner for the challenges inherent in accommodating cyclists on roads.
The workshop will cover current and potential future trends in various cycling facilities and traffic control techniques used in urban and rural areas including shared lane concepts, cycle tracks, and bike signals. Topics will include safety, human factors, traffic operations, corridor and intersections (including roundabouts) and facility selection. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be knowledgeable about the latest trends, understand the importance of cycling and how to accommodate the mode in new and retrofit scenarios.
Boulevard Transportation Group Ltd is pleased to deliver this workshop in collaboration with TAC and instructors will include Mike Skene, Mitchell Jacobsen and Dan Casey. They will facilitate participants’ learning through lectures, case studies and hands-on application exercises.
- Traffic operations – signs and markings: The workshop delves into new signs and markings developed for accommodating cycling. The human factors based approach to the development is emphasized. Elements include bike boxes, contraflow lanes, traffic calming.
- Colour markings: The evolution of the application of colour will be presented, where it may be appropriate and the use of colour as a traffic control device.
- Application of traffic control and positive guidance: Through an individual hands-on exercise, application of the tools and devices will be demonstrated, followed by a discussion of the challenges.
- Cycling facility types and selection processes: Taking examples of European, Australian, and United States practices as well as Canadian examples of facility selection processes, participants will learn the criteria and thought processes needed to select facilities for their communities.
- Practical application: A working group exercise about a local project will allow participants to apply the knowledge learned. The group format will encourage a broad view of the issues and challenges and simulate a real working environment. It will be followed by a class discussion.
- Intersections: All corridors reach intersections at some point and this module will deal specifically with unique elements of intersections including bike signals, interchanges and roundabouts.
- Consolidating the knowledge: The final module will review learning, address provincial legislation, and wrap up any other discussion items identified throughout the day.
Participants registered in the workshop will benefit from a workbook including presentation slides and a summary of key knowledge elements from the learning modules. Those registering in advance may also take advantage of workshop-pricing and order a copy of TAC’s new Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada.