The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) announces an upcoming professional development workshop, Bicycle and Pedestrian-Friendly Site Design & Policy. The workshop will take place on October 22, 2009, 8 am to 5pm, on the Portland State University campus in Portland, Ore.
Street design elements such as sidewalks and bike lanes contribute greatly to walkability and bikeability, but destinations are just as important. For utilitarian trips, these are typically buildings, which, like roadways, should be designed to serve all users. Current site design practice and policies assume all users will arrive by car, often creating hostile conditions for those arriving on foot or by bicycle.
This course teaches participants how to apply human factors in rethinking and redesigning commercial, civic, office, and light industrial sites so they provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The course is interactive with classroom exercises, and will cover such subjects as access management, building orientation, parking lot design, pedestrian access, bicycle access and parking, and exterior and interior building design.
Participants will also learn how traditional codes and regulations can promote or hinder more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly site design and how to overcome potential resistance from developers and public officials to enact more favorable policies.Who should attend?
Urban and transportation planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers, advocates, developers, elected officials and others with responsibility for regulating, planning, and designing streets and private development sites.Instructors: Tom Bennett
. Tom Bennett is a senior urban designer and landscape architect in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s PlaceMaking group.Michael Ronkin
. From 1989 to 2006, Michael Ronkin served as Oregon DOT’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, where he helped shape ODOT’s proactive pedestrian and bicycle policies.
The registration deadline is October 9, 2009. The course fee is $295. More information and registration: http://www.ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/sitedesign.php