Active Transportation

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

Bikeway Facility Design & Safety Improvement

This in-depth class on design of facilities for bicycling addresses both legacy facilities and innovative designs that are being developed within many communities at this time.

This course will orient participants with fundamentals and details of bikeway design, ranging from application of traditional designs (bike routes, lanes, paths) to innovative facilities that are growing in popularity, such as separated/protected bikeways and special shared treatments.

The course will cover a wide range of subjects ranging from user types and preferences, operator characteristics, to detailed design approaches. It includes numerous examples of legacy and innovative facilities, including those from European cities that experience extremely high bicycle usage for all ages and abilities.

The course is intended for persons charged with development or design of high-quality bikeway facilities. It may also meet the training needs of persons responsible for planning bicycle friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • User criteria to establish design approach
    • Characteristics of the wide range of bikeway users
    • California laws that regulate bikeway design considerations
    • Recent changes to standards and guidelines
    • Liability issues related to project design and environmental review
    • Detailed design considerations for bicycle facilities
    • Traditional bikeway facilities
    • Innovative bikeway facilities
    • International treatments
    • End-of-trip Facilities
    • Case studies
  • Course Outline

    Module 1 (1.5 hrs)

    Introduction & Class I Facilities (Paths & Trails)

    • Introduction
    • Workshop overview
    • User Characteristics (Geller typology)
    • Low Stress Networks
    • Standards and Guides
    • Design parameters (speed, width, grades etc.)
    • Class I facilities:
      • Widths
      • Continuity
      • User Amenities
      • Construction Materials & Life Cost considerations
      • Landscape
      • Median Facilities
    • Exercise: Design an intersection approach with Right Turn Lane.

    Module 2 (1.5 hrs)

    Class II (Bike Lanes) & Class III (Routes, Boulevards, Greenways)

    • Class II Facilities:
      • Intersections & Approaches
      • Widths
      • Colored Pavements
    • Class III facilities
    • Bike Boulevards
    • Sharrows

    Module 3 (1.5 hrs)

    Class IV & Enhanced Facilities

    • International Treatments
    • Class IV Facilities:
      • Cross sections & widths
      • One-way vs Two way
      • Intersections and Driveways
      • Bicycle Signals
      • Transitions
      • Safety Considerations
      • Maintenance
    • Exercise: Design layout for a Class IV bikeway in a suburban environment

    Module 4 (1.5 hrs)

    Safety, Special Programs, & Case Studies

    • Safety Management
    • Collisions & Countermeasures
    • Legal & Liability Issues Programs & Special Facilities
      • Parking Infrastructure
      • Emerging Challenges
    • Case Studies
  • What you will learn

    Trainees will gain an in-depth understanding of the design considerations that should guide the development of bikeways that consider safety, provide attractiveness and comfort for new users, and encourage increasing bicycle usage.

    Trainees will be better prepared to develop quality designs, apply design principles to inform project planning phases, and address issues that may limit effectiveness of existing facilities.

    While the course is designed for persons who may be charged with design of bicycling facilities, it will offer value and insight to persons who are interested in or charged with oversight of the project selection, refinement, and design process.

  • Who should attend

    This course is most appropriate for persons interested in understanding how to design a facility that meets user needs, encourages additional usage and growth in bicycling, and preserves or improves safety for all users.

    While appropriate and intended for designers, bikeway planners and other professionals will find value in learning principles of how to design for safety, to encourage new users, and to retrofit existing facilities that do not meet user expectations.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Rock Miller, PE, PTOE, Firm Principal/CEO, Rock E. Miller & Associates

      Mr. Miller is a registered civil engineer and traffic engineer in California and is recognized as a leader in planning and design for complete streets and active transportation, with over 40 years in the transportation profession. Rock is an expert in working through issues posed by working with legacy design guidelines while providing for innovative transportation improvements.

      He has served as the International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and has served on Caltrans and National Traffic Control Devices committees. Rock is also an expert on engineering liability defense and has assisted Caltrans and local agencies in litigation of roadway designs and traffic controls. Rock is also an excellent instructor and has delivered popular classes for Tech Transfer for many years.

  • Registration Information

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      A confirmation email will be sent to you within two business days of TechTransfer receiving your paid registration.

      If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the TechTransfer Registrar at (510) 643-4393 or

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      The cancellation fee for this course is $75. At TechTransfer, there are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided they receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin. In lieu of canceling your registration, you may (1) transfer your registration to another TechTransfer class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place.

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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:

0.70 CEUs

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