Upcoming Webinars to Aid Implementation

Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, OR. Photo: Todd Mecklem
Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, OR. Photo: Todd Mecklem

Taking your Complete Streets policy from paper to practice? Here are a few upcoming webinars that will help your community better plan and design streets for all users.

Get your bikeway design on:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 3:00 pm – 4:30pm Eastern
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) are co-sponsoring a web-based briefing on the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The Guide offers substantive guidance for cities seeking to improve bicycle transportation. As the first national design guide to carefully detail separated bikeways and other innovative treatments, it is a key resource for communities implementing Complete Streets policies. Tuesday’s webinar will address the need for the guide, provide a detailed tour of its design toolkit and case studies, and offer insight into further needs in design guidance and research. Register online. 1.5 PDH credits are available. Per site: $50 for ITE members, $75 for non-members.

Cross the bridge when you get to it:
Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern
In communities with natural barriers like rivers and lakes, building “complete” bridges is necessary to creating networks of complete streets and ensures people are able to travel to their destinations by car, bicycle, foot, or bus. Anticipating the needs of all users in each upcoming bridge project assures years of active transportation in the future. This webinar will help communities understand the role of bridges in bicycle and pedestrian networks, define bicycle and pedestrian issues that arise during bridge rehabilitation, identify appropriate facility designs, and hear lessons learned in working with numerous agencies and stakeholders. Register online. Per site: $50 for APBP members, $75 for non-members.

Get a handle on accessibility:
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm Eastern
On July 26, the U.S. Access Board published proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way. These guidelines are the first to comprehensively address how public streets and sidewalks can be designed and built to serve all pedestrians, including those with mobility and vision impairments, and will be another important document for communities implementing Complete Streets policies. Once finalized finalized and implemented as standards, the guidelines will apply to newly constructed or altered portions of public rights-of-way covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The webinar will wide range of design approaches and features that incorporate transportation safety for users with disabilities into the design of walkable communities. Register online. 1.5 PDH credits are available. Per site: $75 for ITE Members, $100 for non-members, and $50 student chapter members.

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