Protected bike lanes have been central to the urban cycling renaissance now underway in places like New York City, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. The Green Lanes track, which debuted in Long Beach in 2012, returns for 2014 and to brings us up to date on the latest research and best practices for the design, operation, and maintenance of these cycling facilities. Note: Pittsburgh was recently selected as a People for Bikes Green Lane Project city for 2014-2015.


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State of the Lane: Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S.

GLP IconProtected bike lanes have moved from foreign concept to best practice in U.S. design with remarkable speed (for the transportation world). This session will provide a fast paced overview of the spread of this innovation and the current state of the practice. Leaders of the Green Lane Project and our partners will cover the latest on designs, new research, best practices, analyze trends, and share the best lessons from the Green Lane Project study tours.

Martha Roskowski,People for Bikes; Dan Goodman, FHWA, Office of Human Environment, Livability Team; David Vega-Barachowitz, NACTO.

Lessons from the Green Lane — Evaluating Recent Protected Bike Lanes in Five U.S. Cities

This session evaluates recently constructed protected bike lanes in five of the inaugural Green Lanes Project cities. This session will highlight the findings of the investigation and cover critical topics including 1) Behavioral Changes; 2) Perceptions of Residents and Road Users; and 3) Intersection Safety.

Christopher Monsere, Portland State University; Jennifer Dill, Portland State University; Nathan McNeil, Portland State University.

City to City Lessons on Building Protected Bike Lanes: Case Studies from Austin, Memphis and Seattle

This panel will condense the key lessons learned on building protected bike lanes in two very different cities, San Francisco and Memphis; one an established leader, the other just beginning to build a network of protected bike lanes. 

 Zach Vanderkooy, PeopleForBikes; Kristen Simpson, City of Seattle, WA; Kyle Wagenschutz, City of Memphis, TN.

Pragmatic and powerful partnerships: cities and advocates working together

This session will explore the complex and evolving relationships between local advocacy and city staff. Pairs from three cities will discuss their campaigns, strategies, and collaborations.

Martha Roskowski, People for Bikes; Scott Bricker, Bike Pittsburgh; Patrick Hassett, City of Pittsburgh; Seleta Reynolds, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance. 

FHWA’s 2014 Cycle Track Planning and Design Project

This session will provide an overview of the Federal Highway Administration’s 2014 Cycle Track Planning and Design project. Topics to be covered include accessibility, intersection design, and the role of cycle tracks in connected bicycle ”networks.”

Dan Goodman, FHWA, Office of Human Environment, Livability Team; Christopher Douwes, FHWA; Ryan Russo, New York City Department of Transportation; Carl Sundstrom, UNC Highway Safety Research Center. 

NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide: Changing the DNA of City Streets

The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide is setting a new tone for the American street, starting with local-level innovation and expertise. Learn from practitioners about how they are working to transform their streets and their cities, one street at a time.

David Vega-Barachowitz, NACTO; Seleta Reynolds, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency;Paul Supawanich, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.

What’s In It For Me? How economic benefits can sell elected officials on protected bike lanes

To win meaningful infrastructure investments, advocates must show not only how protected bike lanes make streets safer but how they create economic benefits for the city at large. Using examples from five U.S. cities, three experts will discuss the evidence and arguments that make this connection.

Mary Lauren Hall, Alliance for Biking & Walking; Michael Anderson, PeopleForBikes; Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Connecting Our Cities: Lessons for building protected bike lane networks

Four of the country’s most sophisticated local transportation advocacy organizations will share the secrets of their campaigns to build networks of protected bike lanes in their cities. From a multi-year initiative to transform San Francisco’s low-grade streets to a battle to build 600 miles of protected bike lanes in Chicago by 2020.

 Mary Lauren Hall, Alliance for Biking and Walking; Ron Burke, Active Transportation Alliance; Kit Hodge, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition; Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Bicycle Stress Level Mapping and Network Analysis: How does your network measure up?

To attract new riders, bicycle network development needs to focus on low-traffic-stress routes. This session shows graphical results of traffic stress level mapping in one city. In two others, it shows how analysis of low-stress bike networks yields metrics that can be used to prioritize improvements.   

Stacey Meekins, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Peter Furth, Northeastern University; Ben Rosenblatt, Sam Schwartz Engineering.