Program/Schedule

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SUNDAY TECHNICAL TRAINING

A number of technical training opportunities are available on Sunday, May 21. These training sessions are optional and require an additional cost.

Space will be limited, so plan now to attend your favorite training!

 

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TITLEUrban Cycling – Riding Within RaleighDriving Tour of Alternative IntersectionsLighter, Quicker, Cheaper – Activating Community with Pop-ups and DIY Public SpacesThe New Highway Capacity Manual 6th Edition: It’s Not Your Father’s HCMThe What, Where, and How of Low-Stress Bikeway Design
SPEAKERMike Reese (NCDOT), et alGil Chlewicki (ATS - American Consulting, et alSam Goater (Projects for Public Spaces), Kristy Jackson (Stewart Inc.)
Tom Creasey (Stantec),
Janice Daniel (NJIT), Bastian Schroeder (Kittelson)
Joe Gilpin & Mike Repsch (Alta Planning + Design)
TIME9:00 AM – 2:00 PM 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATIONBike TourBus TourRaleigh Convention Center/Dowtown RaleighRaleigh Convention Center/Dowtown RaleighRaleigh Convention Center/Dowtown Raleigh
DESCRIPTIONCome see Raleigh from a different angle. This half-day tour will take you to several scenic points of interest along multiple shared-use paths. Interactive design-crossing assessment discussions may occur at Lake Crabtree County Park, Umstead State Forest, NC Museum of Art (art along bicycle facility) I-440 scenic bike bridge, Crabtree Mall bike path, and/or Shelley Lake Park. Bike rentals fee shown in registration.Join us for a unique opportunity to explore North Carolina’s Alternative Intersections. North Carolina has the most superstreets and second most diverging diamond interchanges (DDI) in the country. We will visit several superstreets and DDIs along with other unique concepts. Our tour will also have a lively discussion between stops. You will see why North Carolina is a true leader in Alternative Intersection design.Participants will learn the basics of “lighter, quicker, cheaper,” public space installations, and the role in activating public spaces or testing projects in concept and with public input and engagement. The workshop will not only discuss the process and materials commonly used to build these DIY installations, but get attendees involved in a LQC project build in the works just blocks from the conference.In late 2016, the Transportation Research Board published the Highway Capacity Manual, Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis. The Sixth Edition incorporates the latest research on highway capacity, quality of service, Active Traffic and Demand Management, and travel time reliability and improves the HCM’s chapter outlines. The workshop will focus on: 1) why practitioners and educators should use the HCM; 2) what can be done with methods in the HCM that can’t be done (or done as well) with other tools; and 3) what’s new in this version of the Manual.During this full-day workshop, the participants will be led through an in-depth technical course covering the planning and engineering of urban bikeways. The first half of the day will provide a detailed presentation on bikeway types, principles of low-stress bikeway design, and mini-exercises. This will be informed by and include multiple references to the NACTO Bikeway Design Guide along with recent FHWA guidance on separated bikeways. The second half of the day will include active participation, reviewing selected Raleigh roadways and intersections identified in the 2016 Raleigh Bike Plan Update for low-stress bikeway opportunities. Participants will learn of the opportunities and challenges to implement separated bikeways and bike boulevards.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

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TUESDAY WORKSHOPS/ TECHNICAL TOURS

A variety of technical workshops and educational tours are on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 23. These two-hour sessions are included with registration, and they are scheduled so that attendees may attend up to two. Space will be limited, so plan now to attend your favorite workshops and tours!

All sessions are currently being offered at both time slots (1:15-3:15 pm & 3:45-5:45 pm)

 

WORKSHOP / TOURTITLESPEAKER(S)DESCRIPTIONFormat
WT01Does Your Road Need an Alternative Diet?Mark Doctor, FHWAFour-lane undivided highways experience relatively high crash frequencies–especially between high-speed through traffic, left-turning vehicles and other road users. One option for addressing this safety concern is a Road Diet, which typically involves converting an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left-turn lane. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed. For pedestrians, Road Diets result in fewer lanes to cross and provide an opportunity to install refuge islands. Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, “Complete Streets” environment. On-street parking and bike lanes can also bring increased foot traffic to business districts.Classroom
WT02Highway Capacity Manual – Alternative IntersectionsBastian Schroeder, Kittelson Alternative intersection and interchange configurations are becoming increasingly popular and common in the U.S. and are a clear focus in FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” initiative. Of the various intersection and interchange forms, four configurations were included in recent federal research to develop Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) methodologies: The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), The Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT), The Median U-Turn (MUT), and the Displaced Left-Turn Intersections (DLT). These intersection and interchange forms are increasingly deployed across the U.S. and are associated with significant increases in roadway capacity, as well as safety benefits. This workshop presents an overview of the new alternative intersections and interchange methods in the 6th Edition HCM. The HCM methods provide transportation analysts with the critical ability to quickly evaluate DDIs, RCUTs, MUTs, and DLTs in an early design or planning-level context, to screen these alternative designs against more conventional alternatives.Classroom
WT03Have Access Management Questions, We Have Your AnswersKaren Dixon, TTI & Kristine Williams , CUTRTRB’s recent release of the Access Management Manual (AMM), 2nd Edition and Access Management Application Guide (AMAG) provides practitioners with a complete depository of access management research and tools including NCHRP research completed since the publication of the AMM, 1st Edition in 2003.Classroom
WT04Speed Dating through Bicycle Project DesignBryan Poole, Durham Bike/Ped Planner & Daniel Amstutz, Greensboro Bike/Ped CoordinatorThe speakers will provide an overview of the bicycle plans for the cities of Durham and Greensboro, focusing on the design challenges for both in-road bicycle accommodations and separated bicycle facilities. Workshop participants will work in small groups to identify design considerations for sample planned projects. This Workshop would be well-paired with the Bike Tour.Roundtable
WT05How the Chicken Crosses the Road: Utilizing the NCDOT Pedestrian Crossing AssessmentSarah O’Brien, NCSU ITREThis session will teach planners, engineers and other transportation professionals how to use North Carolina’s Pedestrian Crossing Guidance. Determining which crossing locations warrant the installation of additional treatments is complex, but the guide allows for a systematic approach to guide future installations of pedestrian treatments that is consistent and repeatable.Roundtable
WT06Every Day Counts for Safety: STEP into DDSAJeff Shaw, FHWAThrough the FHWA Every Day Counts program, several safety initiatives have been promoted. This session will focus on the overlap between the two EDC-4 initiatives: using Data Driven Safety Analysis to deliver Safe Transportation for Every PedestrianWorkshop
WT07Experiences with North Carolina Alternative IntersectionsJim Dunlop & Joe Hummer, NCDOTTechnical presentations to discuss the planning, design, and implementation of multiple innovative intersections and interchanges across North Carolina.Classroom
WT08Urban Road Safety – Strategies for Pedestrian and Bicycle CrashesDaniel Carter, Libby Thomas, & Krista Nordback, UNC Highway Safety Research CenterCome join the discussion as we look at the challenges faced by local agencies who seek to identify and address the locations in their cities that are most in need of pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. Participants will help compile a list of challenges, such as lack of traffic volume data or imprecise crash locations, then discuss potential solutions.Roundtable
WT09Let’s Build a Great Street Together - Complete Streets Interactive SessionMike Rutkowski & Ryan Martinson, Stantec
Join a representative from the National Complete Streets Coalition in an interactive session that will explore the lessons learned when applying Complete Streets Design Standards.  This presentation will expound on some of the innovative designs, tradeoffs considered and unique measures of success used for Complete Street retrofit projects. This presentation will highlight the decision points and tradeoffs that were used to decided: What worked and what didn't?  Was the application of complete streets accomplished through prescribed design guidelines or something entirely different? In the end, did we create a "Great Street"?Theatre
WT10Designs that Work for Older Adults & for People with Vision ImpairmentJanet Barlow, Accessible Design for the Blind & Carole Lovitt, NC Division of Services for the BlindAccessibility for pedestrians is much more than creating safe and attractive places to walk. The risk of low vision and blindness increases significantly with age, particularly in those over age 65 (2004 National Eye Institute study). While taking a walk near the conference center, workshop participants will look at features of the sidewalk, street crossings, transit stops, and transit stations that may be barriers to travel by individuals who are blind or who have low vision, and at the features that allow safe and accessible travel.  Learn to incorporate design features to meet the needs of everyone in the community by increasing your knowledge of what an accessible pathway looks like for older adults and people who are blind or who have low vision. Tour
WT11Downtown Raleigh Complete Streets TourStacie Phillips, Kimley-Horn & Dhanya Sandeep, Raleigh Urban Design Center
Explore Fayetteville Street and the rest of Raleigh's street grid to see the efforts and projects that have transformed the Downtown to a thriving city center. The tour will highlight bike and pedestrian improvements (projects and policies) as well as important developments and redevelopments that have brought life back to Downtown and put Raleigh on every Best Places list in the past few years.Tour
WT12Hillsborough Street Revitalization TourTodd Delk, Stewart &
Sharon Smith, NC Department of Health and Human Services
In the 90s, Hillsborough Street had declined from NC State University's front door to a four-lane speedway between Downtown and the I-440 Beltline. Learn about the genesis and implementation of a 20+ year corridor improvement project that transformed the street from a four-lane thoroughfare with vacant businesses to a thriving pedestrian-oriented complete streets rich with activity, development, and (yes) roundabouts.Tour
WT13Holly Springs NC 55 Superstreet TourBetsy Watson & Mike Lindgren, Stantec
This tour will visit the nearby Town of Holly Springs which was recently voted one of the 2016 Best Small Cities in America.  Specifically, we will travel to the NC 55 corridor which has seen a tremendous amount of retail and residential growth over the past few years.  Three superstreet intersections were constructed as part of the Holly Spring Towne Center development and an adjacent intersection was recently modified to an alternative intersection design to improve flow along the corridor.  Representatives on this tour will discuss the process from inception to implementation and share some lessons learned through the process.  Tour
WT14Art to Heart Greenway RideTrung Vo, City of RaleighExperience the City's premier greenway link as it uses on- and off-road bikeways to wind through neighborhoods, parks, and college campuses to link Downtown to the NC Museum of Art. The tour will highlight the City's CMAQ bike projects, bridge replacements, a planned cycletrack, the I-440 Pedestrian bridge, and the future bikeshare implementation. Tour
WT15Protected IntersectionsJoe Gilpin & Mike Repsch, Alta Planning + Design
The protected intersection design, with corner safety islands, emerged in the Netherlands and other northern European countries as an approach to define traffic movements at the intersection of two separated bike lanes. The authors of the white paper on the “Evolution of the Protected Intersection” have been on the forefront of this movement in the United States and their insights will be included in this workshop. Today, there are 12 protected intersections in the United States, all built since 2014. They are found in Austin, Salt Lake City, Davis, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Berkeley, and College Station. The designers of the Salt Lake City protected intersection will lead participants through a workshop that discusses the history, elements, geometric design, and signal operations of the protected intersection. Participants will have the opportunity to hear lessons learned and the appropriate applications of protected intersections. Tour

 

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

 

WELCOME RECEPTION – MONDAY MAY 22

Enjoy conversing among dinosaurs and mingling amid live animals as you join your fellow urban street people for a special evening at the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Nature Research Center.  The largest natural science museum in the Southeast, the museum includes a dramatic two-story waterfall, a scenic mountain cove, a variety of live animals, fascinating whale skeletons and impressive dinosaurs.

NC PIG PICKIN’ – TUESDAY MAY 23

You can’t get a complete Carolina experience until you take part in an outdoor pig pickin’.  Spend your Tuesday evening outside in the fresh air with bluegrass music at Mordecai Historic Park north of Downtown, and enjoy a dinner of nothing less than our State’s renowned pulled pork and fixin’s.  The only hard decision will be whether you go with Eastern or Western NC style sauce!