All transportation engineers and planners, pedestrian & bicycle and Safe Routes to School program coordinators, local police, fire, EMS and transit personnel, community leaders
This Road Diet program consists of two parts and will be led by Mark Doctor, PE, Safety & Design Engineer with FHWA.
Part 1 is a webinar that will provide an explanation of a Road Diet and the reasons for and process of conducting an evaluation. The webinar will start at 9:30 am and will last 90 minutes.
Part 2 will consist of a live class including a site visit. This workshop will further elaborate on the webinar information and include a local case study for evaluation. Three (3) locations have been identified for the live workshops with a walking site visit:
The webinar presentation will contain foundational information vital to gaining a full understanding of the Road Diet process and is a prerequisite to the live workshops. If you are not able to join the January 19, 2017 webinar a recorded link will be available for your review prior to the on-site events.
Please submit a registration for both the webinar and the live workshop of your choice.
A roadway reconfiguration known as a Road Diet offers several high-value improvements at a low cost when applied to traditional four-lane undivided highways. In addition to low cost, the primary benefits of a Road Diet include enhanced safety, mobility and access for all road users and a "complete streets" environment to accommodate a variety of transportation modes.
A classic Road Diet 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.
The resulting benefits include a crash reduction of 19 to 47 percent, reduced vehicle speed differential, improved mobility and access by all road users, and integration of the roadway into surrounding uses that results in an enhanced quality of life. A key feature of a Road Diet is that it allows reclaimed space to be allocated for other uses, such as turn lanes, bus lanes, pedestrian refuge islands, bike lanes, sidewalks, bus shelters, parking or landscaping.
Workshop Learning Outcomes
- Learn about the different types of Road Diets and why they work.
- Understand the characteristics that make Road Diets the right choice.
- Identify roads that are good candidates for Road Diets.
- Learn what segment and intersection design elements are affected by a Road Diet.
- Practice reallocating street space for other uses, including non-motorized user needs.
Why Choose a Road Diet?
- Safety. Road Diets can make the roadway environment safer for all users. Studies indicate a 19 to 47 percent reduction in overall crashes when a Road Diet is installed.
- Cost-efficiency. Road Diets make efficient use of a limited cross sectional area. When planned in conjunction with reconstruction or overlay projects, the safety and operational benefits of Road Diets can be achieved essentially for the cost of restriping the pavement.
- Quality of Life. Road Diets can make shared spaces more livable and contribute to a community-focused, "Complete Streets" environment.
Road Diets can also be an effective strategy to help agencies implement complete streets.
- $25 per person for public agency personnel
- $50 per person for private agency personnel
- 7.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
- 7.5 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
7.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
0.75 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)