Complete Streets 302: Safety Countermeasures - Athol

Date: 6/15/2020 8:30 AM - 6/15/2020 12:00 PM

Location: Athol Public Library
568 Main Street

Athol, Massachusetts

Capacity:

8/25


Overview

Course Overview:

Join MassDOT for a series of half day 300-level trainings on Complete Streets. These trainings will build off of the information from the 101 and 201 Complete Streets Funding Program Trainings and provide additional detail on key topic areas, including the following:

  1. Bicycle/Pedestrian Network Planning
  2. Safety Countermeasures
  3. Transit Access
  4. Workshop Design
  5. Public Engagement
  6. Traffic Calming

All trainings will show real-world best practices of the concepts discussed and will focus on recent real world examples. The training will include interactive activities to allow attendees to engage with the concepts and test out ideas.

  1. Bicycle/Pedestrian Network Planning
    This training will discuss the fundamentals of planning a network for people walking and biking, show how network planning can help prioritize resources where the highest return can be created, and summarize statewide bicycle/pedestrian master plans. Key elements of successful bicycle and pedestrian networks will be reviewed, and attendees will participate in a string exercise to test ideas.
  2. Safety Countermeasures
    This training will help professionals better understand what is a holistic approach to implementing safety countermeasures on complete streets. The course will review common countermeasures, the appropriate contexts where countermeasures can be most effective, and give an overview of current safety manuals and research. How to fund a safety project will also be discussed.
  3. Transit Access
    This training will provide an overview of street design tools and strategies to support more effective transit systems, and facilitate safe movement for all users of an urban street. Topics will include access to transit through multi-modal networks, transit supportive bus stops, and transit street/intersection design. A hands-on design charrette for a transit corridor will apply the lessons from the training.
  4. Workshop Design
    This training will be a hands-on workshop for a community multi-modal project that addresses the needs of different users. Participants will complete the following steps: (1) Define goals (2) Develop alternatives (3) Discuss trade-offs (4) Develop a public engagement strategy. The workshop will be built around collaborative  discussion between team members with diverse professional backgrounds.
  5. Public Engagement 
    This training will facilitate a discussion between peer agencies on the challenges of public engagement and review tools for meaningful public engagement and strategies for discussing trade-offs on the value of complete street projects with the public. The session will include the development of a demonstration project  hosted by training participants at a pop-up meeting.
  6. Traffic Calming
    This training will provide an in-depth look at traffic calming in the United States, including what traffic calming is and its benefits, different types of traffic calming treatments and when to use them, and how to plan for, prioritize, implement, and evaluate traffic calming projects. The session will include a group activity to identify, prioritize, and create a budget for traffic calming elements in a community.
Registration
Amount

Free
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Attendees
First Name Affiliation
Dave AECOM
Marion Perkins School for the Blind
Sheri Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
Brian Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
Tim Town of Harvard
Todd Town of Brookline
Brian City of Worcester
Gemma Central Mass Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)
Instructors
  • Conor Semler
    Senior Planner at Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
    Conor is an complete streets planner with Kittelson & Associates, Inc in Boston. Conor draws on his experience in urban planning, traffic engineering, and technical research in complete streets design to improve conditions for walking and bicycling. Conor is a national leader in the planning and design of innovative bicycle facilities, and was involved in the development of both the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide.