FHWA Experimentation for Advancing Best Practices
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) formal experimentation process is an essential part of identifying best practices for bicycle and pedestrian design. The process offers many benefits but isn't well understood. Although some practitioners mistakenly regard them as difficult, time-consuming and expensive, in fact formal experiments can move innovative devices to implementation more quickly, reduce the use of non-compliant devices, and help protect jurisdictions from liability while innovative treatments are tested. Attend this session to learn the truth behind the misconceptions, how to develop and successfully apply for a safe, effective experiment, and how the results of experimentation are institutionalized in design guidance.
Bruce Friedman, a Transportation Specialist on the MUTCD Team in the Office of Transportation Operations at FHWA, will lay the groundwork and outline the application and experimentation process. Nadia Barrera, a Project Coordinator with the City of Austin Public Works Department, will describe four official experiments that the City of Austin, Texas, carried out related to new facilities requested in the 2020 Bicycle Plan Update that were not at the time in the MUTCD (sharrows, bike boxes, colored lanes, and "bicycle may use full lane" signs).
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