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Designing Streets for People
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Here is an overview of the courses I offer, and recommendations for a successful outcome.
|I. Training Course Overview|
Outline of training workshops
· 3-day Pedestrian and Bicycle design (2 days pedestrian, 1 day bicycle).
The focus is on street designs that better accommodate these two modes. The shorter courses provide enough detail so participants can substantially improve their understanding and skills. The longer courses provide engineers and planners with greater breadth & depth of knowledge. Please refer to the sample course agendas (for Pedestrians and Bicycles) for more detail. I will leave you with a CDROM of the course that can be copied and distributed to participants.
|One or two instructors?
All courses can be taught by me alone, but another instructor can be brought in for a richer experience for attendees. I have taught many courses with Michael Moule, PE, the President of Livable Streets, Inc. Attendees learn more with two instructors; the attendees’ experience is enhanced with two perspectives, more case studies from real life experience and more insight into the course material. It is especially beneficial to have two instructors during field trips and interactive workshops. In addition, a slightly larger group can be managed effectively.
Please review the sample course agendas (for Pedestrians and Bicycles) and my resume. You will find that I have ample experience in both running an effective pedestrian and bicycle program and offering this training nationwide. My collaboration with planners, engineers, designers, project managers and field personnel gives me a unique perspective. I have credibility with professionals who see I come from the trenches, as I’ve had to work through most of the problems this workshop will address.
|II. Tips for a successful
1. Advertising the course:
The usual venues are printing & distributing brochures, posting the event on a website; email, or working through a local university, T2 center or LTAP.
For a public open forum, use the media to your advantage – this is a community event that can invigorate the public.
2. Target audience:
Invite as wide a range of participants as possible: engineers, designers, landscape architects planners and policy makers from the state DOT, local jurisdictions and consulting firms. Local activists, elected officials and other interested citizens are welcome.
3. Finding a suitable location:
I recommend a fairly urban location, as one of the most valuable portions of the pedestrian workshop is a walking tour: participants experience problems first hand.
The room should be large enough to accommodate the anticipated number of participants comfortably, but not so large it appears empty if there are too many empty seats.
The best room setup is rows of narrow tables with chairs in a herringbone
pattern: tables are slightly angled towards a center aisle, facing the
screen. This makes it easier for participants to face each other during
discussions. For a graphic with an example of a suggested room setup,
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A large (at least 8’ wide) screen;
5. Beverages, snacks and meals:
Since the course is fairly long and intensive, it is best to take frequent short breaks. Having coffee, juices and light snacks available throughout the morning is best, rather than having them brought in at preset times. Healthy choices such as fruits and vegetables should be available too.
A catered lunch cuts the lunch break down to less than an hour, leaving more time for instruction and discussion.