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Portland Bike Coordinator to Lead Iowa Bicycle Summit Workshop

  • 26 October, 2011
  • Jared

Roger Geller will facilitate the bicycle facility workshop for the 2012 Iowa Bicycle Summit.  Since 1994, Geller has been the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland, Oregon.  The workshop will focus on the recently released NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide.  The purpose of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (part of the Cities for Cycling initiative) is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.

Geller will set the stage for these next generation designs by talking about the context in which we are introducing new designs.   The sessions will discuss the challenges with implementing facilities that provide the best combination of access to normal destinations and yet provide the degree of safety and comfort (separation from high volumes of fast-moving traffic). Differences will be discussed between safety and the feeling of safety, which the Dutch stress in their designs.

Detailed presentations on bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, intersections, signals, signs and markings will be presented.  Also, bicycle boulevards are presented as a useful facility type and also as a successful compromise.  

Geller states, “ In addition to providing technical design information I will talk about the needed trade-offs to implement them in cities that have been designed principally for automobiles since the late 1940s.”  The sessions will be concluded with policy discussions that can help implement these designs in Iowa.  

About the NACTO guide

The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide is based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world. The designs in this document were developed by cities for cities, since unique urban streets require innovative solutions. Most of these treatments are not directly referenced in the current versions of the AASHTO Guide to Bikeway Facilities or the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), although many of the elements are found within these documents. The Federal Highway Administration has recently posted information regarding approval status of various bicycle related treatments not covered in the MUTCD, including many of the treatments provided in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. All of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide treatments are in use internationally and in many cities around the US.

Roger Geller Photo © J. Maus


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