A central focus of IBPI is sharing our expertise with current practitioners and enhancing their skills through our professional development workshops. Here are some ways that practitioners have integrated course takeaways in their communities:
2013 Comprehensive Bicycle Design & Engineering 1.0 Participants
Wichita-Sedgwick County, Kansas
- Bicycle wayfinding: "We have a project funded to install bicycle wayfinding signage. We’ve done a previous pilot project in the City and are excited to apply lessons learned from Portland into the new project along the K-96 Path … and we’re also looking at including it in all of our new bikeway projects."
- Bicycle boulevards: "Our Engineering staff are doing an awesome job with the designs for two new bicycle boulevards. It was great to be able to experience them in Portland. We are looking at utilizing some mini-round abouts for traffic calming."
- HAWK signals: "HAWK signals – we’re looking into using them in some select locations. It was really interesting to see how Portland had applied them (some are dark when not in use, with different phases than normal – i.e. removed stop and proceed phase to prevent crashes, etc.)"
City of Topeka, Kansas
- Focus on community: "One lesson that really stuck out for me and that I implemented immediately was telling our very passionate bike community to not show up to City Council or Planning Commission meetings in their bike gear. I hadn’t ever thought how that could be a detriment prior to the workshop, but it was explained that when people come decked out in bike gear it can appear that the change/ordinance/bike issue is just for “bike people” or a certain group instead of the community at large."
City of Portsmouth, Virginia
- Enhanced facilities: "I have revisited bike lane plans we had drawn up a couple of years ago to see if we had enough pavement width to provide a more enhanced facility- to better cater to the interested but concerned crowd. I now view a traditional bike lane as the facility of last choice, an application I’ll install only if no other alternatives exist due to pavement width constraints."
- Shifting target segment: "Many of our more vocal bike advocates (and staff) tend to be the more skilled road bikers and I have been trying to communicate the message that if we want to have a real mode-shift to get more people onto bikes we need to focus on the "interested but concerned" segment of the population and make it convenient to use bikes for day to day needs (not just for the long-distance weekend rides)."
Shasta County, California
- Facilities: "I’m working with a community college on improving bicycle and ped facilities on campus and advocating for non-motorized facilities near campus, as well as encourage students to walk and bike more often. Information and contacts I made at the course last summer have helped with this project.
- Comfort: "The importance of meeting the safety AND comfort needs of cyclists of all ages and abilities when selecting types of bicycle facilities for particular streets and the details of the designs - while safety is most important, increasing the amount of cycling requires attention to the comfort needs of cyclists as well and requires balance often competing considerations."
- Lanes and Cycle Tracks: "The design and application of protected bicycle lanes/cycle tracks, a yet to be implemented bicycle facility type here but are likely to be soon incorporated into the redesign of a major corridor in the city."