New UBC Course Fall 2019: Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design

Hello all,

I will be teaching a new graduate course in Term 1 of the coming school year: “Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design”. It is a 2-credit course on Fridays from 2-4p. You can see the course listing here (CIVL 598P):

We will cover a variety of topics related to the planning, design, and evaluation of non-motorized facilities, particularly in North American cities:

  •         Non-motorized travel and travellers
  •         Facility types and design features
  •         Data on walking and cycling
  •         Volumes, capacity, and level-of-service
  •         Walking and cycling plans and networks
  •         Bicycle sharing systems
  •         Electric-assist and new forms of mobility

The learning objectives are as follows:

  1.       Understand the motivators, benefits, and risks of walking and cycling in a North American urban context;
  2.       Understand how transportation policy, plans, and designs can influence walking and cycling behaviour and outcomes;
  3.       Learn the key elements of pedestrian and bicycle facility designs;
  4.       Become familiar with the standards of practice in North America for designing and evaluating pedestrian and bicycle facilities; and
  5.       Gain insights about the critical issues for non-motorized transportation facing cities and decision-makers in the context of rapid technological and social development.

The only prerequisite is a familiarity with the fundamentals of transportation engineering and planning (from courses or experience). The class will involve quantitative analysis, but not advanced mathematical or statistical concepts.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Alex Bigazzi

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering and School of Community and Regional Planning
University of British Columbia
2029 - 6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
(604) 822-4426

Friday, August 30, 2019