Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Course Description:

Pedestrians and bicyclists are susceptible to traffic injuries and fatalities, perhaps more so than drivers. Yet we design highways for the mobility of motorized traffic perhaps neglecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. This course, instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., will teach participants how to diagnose pedestrian and bicyclist safety deficiencies and select the appropriate countermeasures to make conditions safer for all users.
The course includes an overview of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements, and work zone safety where students will be exposed to various design elements. Engineering countermeasures will be emphasized but education and enforcement countermeasures will also be covered.


  • Understand pedestrian and bicyclist traffic
  • Describe their needs
  • Diagnose crash causes
  • Select proper countermeasures
  • Identify safety-related geometric design elements (including roundabouts and bicycle lanes)
  • Describe disable pedestrian considerations as per the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Discuss accessibility requirement in work zones. 


Juan M. Morales, P.E., is the President of J.M. Morales & Associates. During his 30-plus year career, Mr. Morales has developed and presented several courses on transportation engineering, planning and safety issues worldwide. Prior to starting his transportation engineering consulting firm in 1995, Mr. Morales served as director of technical programs for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, including directing ITE’s Educational Foundation. Prior to joining ITE, Mr. Morales worked as a traffic and research engineer for the Federal Highway Administration in McLean, VA, where he was actively involved in traffic control, highway safety, congestion management, and simulation. Mr. Morales holds an M.S.C.E. degree from the Georgia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ITE fellow member. Mr. Morales is a certified instructor for the National Highway Institute (NHI) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and serves as highway safety consultant for the World Bank.

Course Length:

6 Hours

There are currently no scheduled sections. Please contact the program coordinator to discuss options. 
 Alyssa Mercadante 352.273.1687

Credit Hours

6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)