Spring 2022

CRP 384 (01340) C E 397 (16380)

 

Walking and bicycling are essential components of a sustainable transportation system. In response to growing concerns about personal mobility, safety, public health, and community sustainability, many public agencies are planning how to improve ped and bike transportation.

 

Pedestrian and bicycle transportation are influenced by micro‐scale built environment elements (e.g. sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic speeds, and roadway crossings) and macro‐scale characteristics (e.g. regional land use patterns.) Walking and bicycling issues—and naturally, this course‐‐therefore bridge the fields of urban planning and design and civil engineering.

 

This graduate‐level course introduces students to essential information about current practices in the pedestrian and bicycle transportation field. It covers historical and institutional frameworks, benefits of and obstacles to pedestrian and bicycle planning, policy development, perceived and actual safety, facility design, network development, and practical methods of estimating demand and evaluating walking and bicycling conditions. Students will critically evaluate existing approaches and develop ideas for improving ped and bike facilities as well as planning and community engagement practices supporting them. The course focuses mainly on the U.S., though it will include examples of innovative international strategies.