Active Transportation Engineering 

The purpose of the ATRC - Engineering section is to provide information to help local government agencies find the latest resources to improve the skills and knowledge of local transportation providers to design, construct, and implement safe and efficient active transportation infrastructure improvements.

The Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC) offers a variety of free and low cost resources to help support Active Transportation projects in your community.

Resources

Caltrans Office of Active Transportation & Special Programs

All ATP awarded projects must comply with the policies and procedures required by the Active Transportation Program legislation and the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance requirements. ATP program guidance, forms, and other requirements are located here: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/atp/index.html

Toward an Active California State Bicycle + Pedestrian Plan

A brochure illustrating bicycle and pedestrian accommodating designs that may be used in projects on California’s highway system.

http://www.cabikepedplan.org/files/managed/Document/183/YESYOUCAN-Brochure-webview.pdf

Federal Highway Administration's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Federal Highway Administration's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program website provides a variety of guidance, resources, publications, and website links for walking and bicycling. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is sponsored by FHWA. The Center provides a variety of reports, guides, training and technical assistance opportunities.  Their “Training and Events” page offers an extensive list of resources that are available. www.pedbikeinfo.org

Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System

Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System provides the user with online tools and information for engineering, education, and/or enforcement treatments to improve safety and/or mobility. This site is sponsored by FHWA. pedbikesafe.org/PEDSAFE/

Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System

Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System provides the user with online tools and information for engineering, education, and/or enforcement treatments to improve safety and/or mobility. This site is sponsored by FHWA. http://pedbikesafe.org/BIKESAFE/

FHWA's Office of Safety

FHWA's Office of Safety develops projects, programs and materials for use in reducing pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. A variety of useful materials are available at: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/

Links to additional Federal bicycle and pedestrian related websites: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/resources/federal/

Caltrans Highway Design Manual (HDM)

Caltrans Highway Design Manual (HDM) has been recently revised and includes the NEW Chapter 1000 Bicycle Transportation Design.  http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/hdmtoc.htm

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide provides cities with solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists. http://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/

Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Transportation Research Board (TRB) promotes innovation and progress in transportation through research. The TRB offers a variety of resources including webinars and specialized subject matter presentation recordings. You can sign up to attend upcoming webinars or listen to recorded sessions of previous presentations. The webinars and recordings are available at the following links:

Training

Active Transportation Resource Center

The ATRC is developing a series of future training opportunities for active transportation subject matter topics.

Sign up for future ATRC training opportunity announcements by using the mailing list sign up at the bottom of the page.

California LTAP Center And Local Assistance Training

The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance offers subsidized training for local agencies to help them complete high-quality projects in the most cost-effective and productive manner possible. This subsidized training aims to provide on-going technical and practical education at a low price. Caltrans partners with Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education and UC Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies to provide this training.

For more information on Caltrans local assistance training offerings, visit the Caltrans Local Assistance training website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/training.html

  • California's LTAP center, on behalf of Caltrans through Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education, offers classes and resources for local agencies, including the Federal Aid Series, Resident Engineers Academy, and FHWA/Caltrans specialized transportation subject matter workshops. http://californialtap.org/
  • Caltrans partners with UC Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies to provide a Tech Transfer program offering technical classes such as Pedestrian Facility Design, Bicycle Transportation, Complete Streets, Multimodal Transportation, Traffic Engineering and Operations, Infrastructure Design, Transportation Planning, Funding and Environment, and Project Development. http://www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/

Consultant Selection and Procurement

Local agencies may obtain additional project support through consultant service contracts to deliver their ATP projects.  

Consultant service contracts funded with Federal aid highway program funds (including ATP projects) must be procured in accordance with multiple federal requirements. In order to assist local agencies to comply with the myriad of federal requirements, the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance provides guidance and training to local agencies on consultant selection and procurement process related to Federal aid projects. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/AE/index.htm

UC Berkeley Technology Transfer program

The Technology Transfer Program provides training, workshops, conferences, technical assistance and information resources for various transportation areas. Community safety assessments for Bicycle, Pedestrian, Tribal and Rural communities, and Complete Streets are also available. http://www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/

FHWA Focus City Training

FHWA's Safety Office works to reduce pedestrian and bicycle deaths by focusing extra resources on the cities and states with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates.

Based on pedestrian and bicycle fatality rates FHWA has recognized 7 California cities as qualifying for additional FHWA training assistance (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Ana, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield).

Potential training opportunities include:

  • How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan 
  • Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Template Workshop 
  • Designing for Pedestrian Safety 
  • Designing for Pedestrian Safety 201 
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Road Safety Audit Workshops
  • Executive Level Briefings for policy makers, city council members, and other community leaders on the importance of prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

The ATRC will be working with the focus cities to bring available FHWA training resources to their area.

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