Lecture/Lunch: Changing practices for setting speed limits for safer multi-modal streets

Peter Koonce, a national leader on innovative transportation engineering and planning solutions for safer multi-modal transportation, will be on campus to speak on emerging design and speed management techniques for urban streets.


November 08, 2019 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Sundt Gallery - Architecture West

This public talk will cover the reform efforts taken at the national level to change practices for setting speed limits in response to the call from the National Transportation Safety Board to address speed related crashes. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) Task Force produced a survey and a recommendation calling for changes to the next edition of the Manual. This recommendation is an important step for transportation engineering design and allows a significant amount of flexibility for speed limit to address the safety of multimodal facilities. The presentation will describe the role of the MUTCD in speed limit setting and the other treatments described for managing speeds on city streets. Participants will leave with insights on the research bias that has lead some agencies to question the usefulness of past practices to implementing safe infrastructure. 

In addition to the lecture, there is still space available for a smaller workshop Peter will be conducting Friday morning. Email arlieadkins@email.arizona.edu no later than Wednesday, November 6 at 5 PM to request a seat in the workshop. 

Workshop: Emerging engineering and design techniques for multi-modal facilities - Friday Nov. 8, 8:30 to 10:30 AM

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to engineering design techniques that have responded to the emerging emphasis on improving conditions for cycling and walking in our cities. Peter will use examples of policies that change the assumptions that are part of transportation engineering. The information presented includes materials from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and other design guides that enable practitioners to implement multimodal solutions. The issues described include performance measures, bicycle facility improvements, and other practices that have changed the paradigm of how streets function. Location TBD on UA Campus, to be shared with workshop participants when they RSVP.  

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