Active Transportation

Complete streets, transit, bikeway, and pedestrian planning, design, and performance measurement

Bikeway Facility & Master Planning

This course will orient participants within the bicycle planning discipline, familiarize them with tools and accepted practice, and connect them with essential planning, design, and policy resources.

The course covers concepts, practices, and policies employed by the most bicycle-friendly cities and useful to practitioners to transform an average city into a bike-friendly city, and is relevant to Planning, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Traffic Engineering departments, as well as land use and development consultants.

The course addresses best practices for preparing bicycle master plans, particularly California requirements, and introduces participants to the technical toolbox for planning and designing bicycle facilities.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Brief orientation to relevant Federal and California law and codes, legislation and incentives

    • Health benefits, Active Transportation / Safe Routes To Schools, Vision Zero, Environmental Justice, equity, underserved communities

    • What makes a bicycle-friendly City? (policies and practices, model ordinances)

    • Bicycle Master Plans and Active Transportation Plans: elements and examples

    • Integration of bikeway network into multimodal transportation system / Complete Streets. School and transit commute-sheds. Interchanges and barriers. Jurisdictional boundaries

    • Network-level planning, connectivity and project development. General Plan Circulation Element. Modal priority / "Complete Corridors", impacts to other modes. Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) analysis. Traffic character - local vs. out-of-town / cut-through

    • Bikeway types and applicability: volume/speed/context, passing environment

    • Standards: traditional / Caltrans, recent additions, innovative and experimental elements. MUTCD, Interim Approvals, Experimentation, NACTO

    • Specifics of widths, markings and signage between and through intersections

    • Tools for transforming streets: cross section and "width budget", minimum vs. optimum, width reallocation, parking modifications, minor/major widening, roundabouts

    • Bikes and traffic signals: detection, green time and clearance intervals, bike signals, pedestrian hybrid beacons

    • Prioritizing, funding and programming bicycle projects

    • Pilot projects, "Tactical Urbanism", pop-up demonstrations

    • Maximizing opportunities: interdepartmental coordination, development review, CIP, traffic signal & ITS upgrades, maintenance programs

    • Environmental analysis: threshold of significance

    • Liability issues related to project design and environmental review

    • Resources for further learning and practice
  • Course Outline

    Session 1

    • Introductions & Opening Remarks
    • Federal, State, & Regional Policies
    • Policies of Bicycle-Friendly Cities 1

    Session 2

    • Bicycle Master Planning
    • Network-Level Analysis & Planning
    • The Bikeway Application Environment
    • Typical Bicycle Master Plan Elements

    Session 3

    • Tools for Transforming Streets
    • Using Transportation Operations to Transform

    Session 4

    • Liability: Operational vs Design
    • Policies of Bicycle-Friendly Cities 2
    • Wrap-up
  • What you will learn

    Trainees will develop basic fluency in concepts and components of bicycle facility design and planning as part of the transportation network, beginning with an introduction to relevant legislation and policy.

    Trainees will also develop several ways to think of bikeways in terms of components (widths, markings, signage, signals), context (urban / suburban / rural, motor traffic volume), and user preferences.

    They will learn about design details and considerations for each bikeway type, tools for transforming streets, and traffic signal control options to support bicycling.

  • Who should attend

    This class is designed for transportation planners and engineers, land use planners, bicycle program coordinators, consultants, and advocates.

    Real estate developers may also find the course valuable to understand how to maximize the bicycling potential and minimize undesired impacts of development.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Obaid Khan, PE, Senior Project Manager, Gray-Bowen-Scott

      Mr. Khan is a registered Civil Engineer in California with over 28 years of professional experience in civil and transportation engineering. Mr. Khan recently retired from the City of Dublin, where he oversaw the Transportation Division since 2012. After retiring from Dublin, Mr. Khan joined Gray Bowen Scott as a Senior Project Manager. At the City of Dublin, he oversaw the planning, design, and construction of transportation capital projects as well as the operation of all traffic signals, intelligent transportation systems, and management of all transportation facilities.

      Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Mr. Khan managed the Transportation Division at the City of Alameda. At the City of Alameda, he oversaw the City's Transportation Commission and represented the City at various regional forums and committees. He led the development of the City's Pedestrian Master Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the update of the City's Transportation Element, including the creation of a multimodal street functional classification system.

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

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Course Credit

This course grants:

0.80 CEUs

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