Design Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Mississauga, Ontario /
Feb 22, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0223-2361

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

  • Comprehend the perceptual and cognitive issues that contribute to motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists
  • Understand the most common types of motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians or cyclists, and the countermeasures which can minimize their frequency and severity
  • Perform a road safety audit to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Apply practical planning, design, and engineering knowledge contained in Ontario Traffic Manual Book 15 and Book 18

Roads have typically been designed primarily for drivers of motorized vehicles but every trip begins and ends with road users as pedestrians. Bicycles have been used as a primary means of transportation in Europe and Asia for many generations and they have more recently become very popular in North America for commuting and recreation.

Unfortunately, despite more pedestrians and cyclists, research has shown that walking and cycling have the highest fatality rate based on distance travelled. This course will focus on the underlying perceptual limitations of drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists and will explore the contributing factors to collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to human factors
  • Introduction to Ontario Traffic Manual Book 15 (Pedestrian Crossing Facilities) and Book 18 (Cycling Facilities)
  • Common pedestrian collisions and countermeasures
  • Common cycling collisions and countermeasures
  • Introduction to pedestrian and cycling road safety audits

Who Should Attend:
Planners Municipal Engineers Supervisors Managers

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8:00 Registration & Coffee
8:30 Seminar begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjourn

Human Factors 101

  • What is human factors
  • Interactions between drivers and other road users
  • Vision and information processing
  • Expectancy
  • Distraction

Pedestrian Collisions and Countermeasures

  • Walking mode share
  • Barriers to walking
  • Pedestrian safety risks
  • Pedestrian crash factors
  • Human factors and safety research
  • Ontario Traffic Manual Book 15 (Pedestrian Crossing Facilities)
  • Countermeasures to improve pedestrian safety

Cycling Collisions and Countermeasures

  • Benefits and risks associated with cycling
  • Cycling mode share
  • Toronto study of most common bicycle crashes
  • Human factors and safety research
  • Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18 (Cycling Facilities)
  • Countermeasures to improve cycling safety

Pedestrian and Cycling Road Safety Audits

  • What, why, when, how
  • Pedestrian RSA guidelines
  • Cycling RSA guidelines


Thomas Smahel, M.Arch, B.Sc., CCPE

Thomas is a Principal Consultant at Human Factors North Inc., a Toronto-based ergonomics/human factors engineering consulting firm.

He specializes in the application of human factors principles to the design of roadway systems and has over 15 years of experience in the field of traffic safety. He has carried out forensic analyses in over 200 motor vehicle collisions, many of which have involved pedestrians and cyclists, and has been qualified as an Expert Witness in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has been invited to present conference papers at annual meetings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).


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Mississauga, ON L4Z 1T2

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Fee & Credits
  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$795 + taxes


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