Walking and bicycling are essential components of a sustainable transportation system. In response to growing concerns about personal mobility and safety, public health, air quality, community sustainability, and related issues, many government agencies are developing plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation.
Pedestrian and bicycle transportation are influenced by micro‐scale elements of the built environment (e.g. sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic speeds, and roadway crossings) and macro‐ scale characteristics (e.g. community pathway systems and regional land use patterns.) Walking and bicycling issues thus 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 will cover historical and institutional frameworks, benefits 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 be challenged to evaluate the existing methods critically and develop ideas for improving pedestrian and bicycle planning practices. The course will focus mainly on practices in the United States, though it will include examples of innovative international strategies.
The course will include lectures and presentations, guest speakers, field observations, and several assignments. Most classes will include a presentation by the course instructor. References from the reading list will also be discussed in class. To encourage student mastery of course topics, hone presentation skills, and facilitate class discussions, students will serve individually or in teams as class “experts” on particular topics in specific classes. Guest speakers provide a practice‐based perspective on the issues discussed in class.