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2013 VeloTexas Bicycle Safety Intersection Design Workshop
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race."
H.G. Wells

Wednesday, November 20th
Transport of London Cycle SuperHighways

Guest speakers from Transport for London:
Helen Adlington & Stephen McIlwane.

6:00 - 6:30 PM Refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 PM Presentation

Saint David’s Church
301 East 8th Street.
(Open to the public)

Thursday, November 21th
Bicycle Safety Intersection Design Workshop

Technical conference and workshop is a hands-on design experience about safer cycling through intersections by identifying innovative design alternatives. Intersection locations have been identified by the City of Austin and member of Austin's BAC. Staff from the Transport of London and City of Austin will take part in presentations and assisting with the design workshop.
9:00 - 11:30 AM Technical Conference
11:30 - 12:30 AM Working Lunch
12:30 - 4:00 PM Design Workshop

Thompson Conference Center on UT Campus
2405 Robert Deadman Drive
(Requires registration to attend)

The 2013 VeloTexas should be an exciting hands-on design experience about bicycle safety through intersections.

The City of Austin has identified the intersections to be included in the design workshop and we will have guests from the Transport of London cycling program assisting us developing design alternatives for these intersections. Aerial photos of the intersections can be found at the VeloTexas FaceBook page 2013 VeloTexas City of Austin Intersections.

Designing for bicycle safety at the intersection of E. Riverside Dr. with Barton Springs Rd., Austin

Transport of London Cycling Program

Helen Adlington and Stephen Mcilwaine from the Transport of London will be our guests during the workshop. Helen and Stephen will be sharing with us experiences gained in the implementation of London's Cycle Superhighways. Looking ahead to the workshop, Stephen has sent us some before and after pictures of some intersections that cross their cycle superhighways, these can be found at Transport of London Before and After Cycle Superhighways.

Before and after photos of the intersection of Grosvenor Rd. and Vauxhall Bridge Rd., London.

About The Bicycle Safety Intersection Design Workshop

Participants should expect to learn technical elements considered in the design of intersections for cyclists safety. We will have various presentations and an overview of the NATCO Urban Bikeway Design Guide followed by the design workshop.

Participants will be assigned to small design groups and each group will then be challenged with the design of bicycle paths through their assigned intersection. By the end of the workshop we expect to have general guidelines for implementing bicycle paths through intersections.

We identify some guidelines for designing bicycle paths through intersections, then what is next? The objective is to apply to the Federal Highway Administration for "experimentation." A request for experimentation is the process by which an idea for a new traffic control device or application becomes standard.

About VeloTexas
With the purpose to encourage the use of bicycles in a safer street environment, VeloTexas is a technical conference designed to gather communities, bicyclists, planners, engineers, researchers, public agencies, and those interested in improving safety of bicyclists. VeloTexas has the objective to encourage the use of bicycles on streets by promoting:

  • Better understanding of laws and regulations,
  • Improvement of infrastructure planning and design,
  • Efficient operation and maintenance of bicycle routes, and
  • Safer practices in the use of bicycles and use of motor vehicles.

Research
Development of safer street environments requires better understanding of: bicyclists, interaction of bicyclists with other motor vehicle drivers, infrastructure needs, and rule and regulations. VeloTexas aims to develop tools that will assist in understanding these elements and provide strategies that will make streets safer for bicyclists.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein, letter to his son Eduard, 1930
 

Conference Sponsors

City of Austin Public Works Department Bicycle Program

UT Center for Transportation Research

Asakura Robinson

Please Be Kind to Cyclists

 

Conference Co-Hosts

Dr. Randy Machamehl
Professor, UT-CTR

Gonzalo E. Camacho
Traffic Engineer & Bicyclist

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For information
Contact:
Gonzalo Camacho @