Why Near Misses Matter

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Guest Lecturer Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster

Cycling is currently a hotly debated political and policy issue, especially in relation to safety. While research has studied serious injuries and deaths, this project targets a more common, yet under-researched phenomenon: the ‘ordinary’ experience of near misses and other non-injury incidents (from incivilities and low-level harassment to SMIDSY: ‘sorry mate, I didn’t see you’).

Near miss and related incidents are common, according to a pioneering study in Oxford in the early 1990s. More recent work in Middlesex suggests close passes (under 50cm) may happen with predictable regularity for commuting cyclists, while an Australian study highlights experiences of deliberate abuse and harassment.

Yet apart from this work, there remains little research into non-injury incidents. We don’t know, for example, how often they happen to UK cyclists, and how this varies. This is a substantial missed opportunity, both to improve people’s experiences of cycling, and to use our knowledge of near misses to prevent injuries. The latter is commonplace in other areas of transport such as rail and air but near-absent for cycling.

This lecture will introduce the Near Miss project, which seeks to research, analyze and document cycling near misses, and contribute to training drivers and transport professionals. It will...

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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, July 29, 2016 - 4:30pm

Course Overview

This IBPI advanced course covers the fundamentals of bikeway design and planning through an intensive week of interactive classroom and field experience and one-on-one problem solving with instructors. The course primarily focuses on improving existing bicycle networks. The course will highlight the latest research and innovative practice and provide you with skills and diverse perspectives to take your bike network to the next level.

Course instructors are experts in bicycle engineering, planning policy and design. They draw from years of experience creating innovative designs, getting them implemented and then assessing and improving them over multiple generations. Instructors use project examples to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders to change ineffective designs and navigate legal and institutional barriers to experimental approaches. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions, multimodal and urban/suburban/rural context
  • Describe some traffic signal and control strategies to improve bicycle facility design
  • Use the FHWA Experiment process to test innovative bikeway design
  • Describe the differences between various national guidance on designing bicycle facilities
  • Identify different...
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IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 4:30pm

Course Overview

The field of bikeway planning and design has been evolving rapidly over the last decade. As communities have put bikeway plans into effect, we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t -- how to plan effectively, design correctly and make investments that get results.

We’ve distilled those lessons into our comprehensive bikeway planning and design course. The pioneers and leading practitioners in the field will teach the fundamentals of bikeway planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to get started on your next project.

Instructors draw from their years of experience, along with project examples, to highlight practical applications of the principles and techniques covered. Special emphasis is placed on working with stakeholders and navigating through varied levels of support and opposition to achieve the project goal. 

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • List the different ways that a bicycle facility can meet or not meet the needs of people who bike
  • Describe the tradeoffs of designing better facilities to accommodate all road users
  • Identify various...
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