FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation University Course

Universities play a critical role in preparing future professionals to address transportation challenges and build the knowledge and skills needed on their first day of employment. The FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation University Course provides foundational knowledge and skills to prepare future transportation professionals to understand and address bicycle and pedestrian needs. The course materials may be used "as is" or customized to fit the needs of instructors teaching transportation topics to students studying engineering, planning, public health, public policy, or landscape architecture. These materials may also be used by practitioners interested in learning about the latest resources, best practices, and tools related to bicycle and pedestrian travel. The course materials include: 1 instructor guide, 21 lessons with speakers notes, 20 assignments/activity prompts, 1 menu of readings, and 1 menu of videos. The course spans a wide range of topics including an introduction to bicycling and walking issues, planning and designing for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and supporting elements and programs. Through this course, students will: 1.) Understand historical influences, key processes, practices and contexts for decisionmaking in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. 2.) Develop a systems/holistic perspective for supporting safe, active, multimodal transportation. 3.) Explain the transportation needs and behavioral/user/vehicle profiles of different roadway users. 4.) Describe the underlying factors that influence transportation mode choice. 5.) Understand the core principles and processes for designing for people walking and bicycling. 6.) Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate alternatives for multimodal planning and design. 7.) Build skills in acquiring pedestrian/bicycle related data, applying analysis methods, and interpreting results. 8.) Acknowledge tradeoffs when applying various decisionmaking tools. 9.) Recognize the role of partnerships and cultivate leadership skills. The course materials are available online through the FHWA Office of Safety and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

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    940 Main Campus Drive
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27606

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27514

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Safety
    1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Brookshire, Kristen
    • Sandt, Laura
    • West, Alyson
    • Bryson, Meg
  • Publication Date: 2019-10


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p

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  • Accession Number: 01765707
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-SA-19-034
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-16-D-00005L
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2021 11:38AM