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Planning and Design Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Cyclists

7.5 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the holistic planning and design for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Understand the most common principles, planning process, design techniques of active transportation
  • Analysis of facility, details of designing key components and facility development, geometric issues
  • Performing data collection, audits, safety analysis and vision zero approach and techniques that make facility safety by design

This course covers methods and best practices used by professional planners, engineers, and consultants/researchers This course does not focus on advocacy; rather, it introduces current approaches to planning for bicycle and pedestrian safety. A key objective of this course is to help you become better ped/bike practitioners. The course is broadly divided in three parts

Part 1: The point of this course (or involving oneself in bicycle and pedestrian planning) is not to spend time preaching to the choir. Rather, it is important to learn how to measure and justify bicycle and pedestrian improvements to local authorities, elected officials, transportation staff, and citizens.

Part 2: This section of the course focuses on the varying characteristics of pedestrians and bicyclists that will need to be considered in the planning profession. It will include facility design needs, important safety considerations, and aspects of the connection between land use and transportation planning, including planning for accessibility for all types of pedestrians.

Part 3: This section will focus on the elements of pedestrian and bicycle plans – what they are, what their purpose it, and how they are created, implemented, evaluated, and updated.

Readings in the syllabus are divided into 2 groups: 1. The ones that apply to the day’s lecture, 2. The ones that should be on the shelf of a ped/bike professional. Readings in the syllabus are also prioritized so that students can devote time to the most important ones. 

Course Outline

  • Introduction to active transportation,
  • Fundamentals of planning and design,
  • Benefits and Challenges of active transportation planning and design,
  • Health vs. risk: Safety analysis, audits, trends, vision zero principles
  • Data collection, measurement, facility analysis
  • Pedestrian planning: Master plan, demand, supply and implementation, land-use planning for active transportation
  • Pedestrian design: Part 1 – Basic elements, principles of design (TAC 6, NACTO, Complete Street)
  • Pedestrian design: Part 2 – Detail design of key components (OTM Book 15, ITE)
  • Bicycle Planning: Master plan, demand, supply, land-use planning and implementation
  • Bicycle design: Part 1 – Basic elements, principles of design (TAC 5, NACTO, Complete Street)
  • Bicycle design: Part 2 – Detail design of key components (OTM Book 18, MTO manual, Protected and Interchange ITE)
  • Shared facility: Trail, path, boulevard
  • Developing policies and impact
  • Capital plan, implementation, monitoring, evaluation of system

Who Should Attend
Planners • Municipal Engineers • Supervisors • Managers • Construction Managers • Educators • Students

Course Rating
4.4 out of 5

Overall rating of this course by its previous attendees!


This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 4/12/2023


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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