Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Engineers and Planners: Get Your Acronym Fix In Harrisburg In Sept

Engineers and planners, take note (everyone else: you can probably skip this one). Toole Design Group, which for the purposes of this blog post will be called TOOLE D.E.S.I.G.N. GRP, is hosting a workshop in Harrisburg in September. The workshop will cover bicycle facilities, which Toole Design knows a thing or two about, and probably feature 1000% of your daily requirement of acronyms.

According to the program, the workshop includes an overview of AASHTO, MUTCD & NACTO, with a TBD lunch likely featuring BLTs and PB&Js ASAP FYI IDK JK LOL.

Thursday, September 26
Noon - 5:00 PM
Registration: 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Fort Hunter Centennial Barn
Conference Room
5300 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Cost: $17.50 (includes lunch and beverages)
3.5 AICP credits available
R.E.G.I.S.T.R. H.E.R.E

See below for the agenda:
Lunch Speaker: Mike Keiser, PennDOT District 8-0, District Executive: PennDOT's perspective on bicycle facilities meeting expectations of PennDOT's and AASHTO guidelines.

Program: Toole Design Group, a national firm specializing in multi-modal planning and prime consultant responsible for preparing the 2012 edition of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. Topics include:
  • Overview of AASHTO Guide, MUTCD & NACTO
  • Fundamentals of bicycle planning, including the methods for planning bicycle transportation networks and the technical analysis tools that support bicycle planning
  • On-Road Facilities Part 1: An overview of bicycle facility design, focusing primarily on bike lane widths, signs, markings, intersection considerations and retrofitting roadways to accommodate bike lanes
  • On-Road Facilities Part 2: Shared lanes, paved shoulders, bicycle boulevards and traffic signals and a review of research on bicycle crashes
  • Off-Road Facilities Part 1: Shared use path design with focus on design speed, slope and gradient, structures, stopping sight distance, site path design, pavement markings and signs.
  • Off-Road Facilities Part 2: Focuses on the design of shared use path / roadway intersections, including the design of midblock and side path crossings, intersection controls and treatments, assignment of right-ofway, and other crossing considerations such as transition zones, traffic calming at intersections and approach markings and signs.