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Introducing Bike Planning to AICPs and PEs:  A Continuing Education Seminar Ed Barsotti League of Illinois Bicyclists 630-...
Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences   2) Seminar content – list of topics covered   3...
Primary advocacy goal:  Educating staff   <ul><li>Lack of local staff (planners, engineers, …) knowledge on bicycle issues...
Deciding to conduct our own seminars   <ul><li>Earlier experiences in partnering with others </li></ul><ul><li>One statewi...
Other advocacy goals <ul><li>Building org’s credibility, exposure as a resource </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing for bike plann...
Luring target audiences:  Continuing Ed <ul><li>Local planners, engineers; consultants; DOTs, … </li></ul><ul><li>Need con...
Planners – AICP details <ul><li>APA charges small non-profits $995/year to provide AICP CM credits </li></ul><ul><li>Not a...
Engineers – PDH (Professional Development Hours) details <ul><li>In IL, PDHs required by law to maintain standing </li></u...
Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences   2) Seminar content – list of topics covered   3...
Seminar content:  Opening discussion <ul><li>Introductory questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Motivations, products, process of b...
Seminar content:  Bike safety lesson <ul><li>Types of cyclists, where/why they ride </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic Skills 101, ...
Seminar content:  Bikeway network <ul><li>Standards and guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of bikeway types; costs; sel...
Seminar content:  Other infrastructure <ul><li>Signal actuation; drain grates; skewed RR crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Bike ...
Seminar content:  Non-infrastructure <ul><li>Quick overview, examples of “other E’s” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Resources are rea...
Seminar content:  Implementation <ul><li>Complete Streets policies </li></ul><ul><li>Internal, external funding; grant-see...
Seminar handouts <ul><li>Copy of Power Point slides </li></ul><ul><li>LIB’s “Guide to Municipal Bicycle and Pedestrian Pla...
Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences   2) Seminar content – list of topics covered   3...
Seminar “tone” <ul><li>Professional learning experience, not a perceived advocacy “attack”.  Praise=specific, criticism=ge...
Seminar logistics – 10 seminars <ul><li>Partnered with MPOs, who hosted, publicized </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 hours, morning; ...
Publicizing seminars <ul><li>Advertisement postcard pointing to webpage sent to 250 cities (admin, plan, eng/PW), 250 cons...
Registration fees, membership <ul><li>$25 fee.  Free for LIB members, MPOs (& IDOT) </li></ul><ul><li>Optional membership ...
Attendance <ul><li>488 total for 10 seminars, ranging from 32 to 95 </li></ul><ul><li>Most: gov’t (from 125 towns, other a...
Expenses <ul><li>Travel; postcards and postage; copies of handouts; AICP provider fee; some room rental & refreshments </l...
Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences   2) Seminar content – list of topics covered   3...
University mini-course (4 weeks) <ul><li>U of Illinois-Chicago, 2009, 2010 – adjunct lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar c...
“ Packaging” for others to replicate <ul><li>Seminar video, power point slides, other handouts </li></ul><ul><li>4-page de...
Thank you… Advocacy Advance grant from  Alliance for Bicycling and Walking
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Session #21 - "Introducing Bike Planning to Planners and Engineers: A Continuing Education Seminar"

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Last winter, the League of Illinois Bicyclists conducted a 2.5-hour "Introduction to Bicycle Planning" continuing education seminar in ten locations. Nearly 500 local planners, engineers, consultants, and others attended – most having no prior training on the range of technical and strategic topics presented. In this talk, our experiences and
suggestions are offered for those wanting to replicate such a program, including seminar content, attracting intended audiences, resources, and more.

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  • 1 Describe LIB, meant as a resource
  • 1 Outline. Will briefly cover a lot of topics. Follow up with us for more details. Handout will include extra info that we may not get to. Logistics: 2.5 hours, break, washrooms, … Introduction – why, what, and how of doing a bike plan – see our guide
  • 1 Outline. Will briefly cover a lot of topics. Follow up with us for more details. Handout will include extra info that we may not get to. Logistics: 2.5 hours, break, washrooms, … Introduction – why, what, and how of doing a bike plan – see our guide
  • 1 Outline. Will briefly cover a lot of topics. Follow up with us for more details. Handout will include extra info that we may not get to. Logistics: 2.5 hours, break, washrooms, … Introduction – why, what, and how of doing a bike plan – see our guide
  • 1 Outline. Will briefly cover a lot of topics. Follow up with us for more details. Handout will include extra info that we may not get to. Logistics: 2.5 hours, break, washrooms, … Introduction – why, what, and how of doing a bike plan – see our guide
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    1. 1. Introducing Bike Planning to AICPs and PEs: A Continuing Education Seminar Ed Barsotti League of Illinois Bicyclists 630-978-0583 [email_address] www.bikelib.org
    2. 2. Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences 2) Seminar content – list of topics covered 3) Seminar details – tone, logistics, publicity, finances, attendance 4) Wrap-up – university course, resources for replicating
    3. 3. Primary advocacy goal: Educating staff <ul><li>Lack of local staff (planners, engineers, …) knowledge on bicycle issues a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Education dispels myths, builds buy-in </li></ul>
    4. 4. Deciding to conduct our own seminars <ul><li>Earlier experiences in partnering with others </li></ul><ul><li>One statewide event vs. many regional sessions </li></ul><ul><li>“ Introduction to Bicycle Planning” seminar </li></ul>
    5. 5. Other advocacy goals <ul><li>Building org’s credibility, exposure as a resource </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing for bike planning consultant work </li></ul><ul><li>Making some “profit”, perhaps adding members? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Luring target audiences: Continuing Ed <ul><li>Local planners, engineers; consultants; DOTs, … </li></ul><ul><li>Need continuing ed credits, but lower travel budgets </li></ul>
    7. 7. Planners – AICP details <ul><li>APA charges small non-profits $995/year to provide AICP CM credits </li></ul><ul><li>Not as many AICP attendees as hoped </li></ul>
    8. 8. Engineers – PDH (Professional Development Hours) details <ul><li>In IL, PDHs required by law to maintain standing </li></ul><ul><li>No provider certification (yet), just “expert” in field </li></ul><ul><li>Increase credibility as provider by partnering? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences 2) Seminar content – list of topics covered 3) Seminar details – tone, logistics, publicity, finances, attendance 4) Wrap-up – university course, resources for replicating
    10. 10. Seminar content: Opening discussion <ul><li>Introductory questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Motivations, products, process of bike planning </li></ul>
    11. 11. Seminar content: Bike safety lesson <ul><li>Types of cyclists, where/why they ride </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic Skills 101, car-bike interactions, crash causes </li></ul><ul><li>Break myths, build case for infrastructure discussion </li></ul>
    12. 12. Seminar content: Bikeway network <ul><li>Standards and guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of bikeway types; costs; selection process including general applicability, objective planning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic guidelines and examples of selections </li></ul>
    13. 13. Seminar content: Other infrastructure <ul><li>Signal actuation; drain grates; skewed RR crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Bike parking & policies; reducing intersection conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>When to do at-grade vs. separated grade crossings </li></ul>
    14. 14. Seminar content: Non-infrastructure <ul><li>Quick overview, examples of “other E’s” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Resources are readily available” </li></ul>
    15. 15. Seminar content: Implementation <ul><li>Complete Streets policies </li></ul><ul><li>Internal, external funding; grant-seeking advice </li></ul><ul><li>“ Top 10 List” to avoid real-life pitfalls </li></ul>
    16. 16. Seminar handouts <ul><li>Copy of Power Point slides </li></ul><ul><li>LIB’s “Guide to Municipal Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning” </li></ul>
    17. 17. Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences 2) Seminar content – list of topics covered 3) Seminar details – tone, logistics, publicity, finances, attendance 4) Wrap-up – university course, resources for replicating
    18. 18. Seminar “tone” <ul><li>Professional learning experience, not a perceived advocacy “attack”. Praise=specific, criticism=general </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions recognizing other engineering needs. Use objective approaches, engineer/planner language. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Seminar logistics – 10 seminars <ul><li>Partnered with MPOs, who hosted, publicized </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 hours, morning; winter Tuesdays and Fridays </li></ul><ul><li>Short breaks, occasional Q&A throughout </li></ul>
    20. 20. Publicizing seminars <ul><li>Advertisement postcard pointing to webpage sent to 250 cities (admin, plan, eng/PW), 250 consulting firms </li></ul><ul><li>MPO publicity; APA website; our newsletter </li></ul>
    21. 21. Registration fees, membership <ul><li>$25 fee. Free for LIB members, MPOs (& IDOT) </li></ul><ul><li>Optional membership for free – 210 joined </li></ul>
    22. 22. Attendance <ul><li>488 total for 10 seminars, ranging from 32 to 95 </li></ul><ul><li>Most: gov’t (from 125 towns, other agencies), then: consultants (80 firms), others. 90% professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 75% with no prior info on bike issues </li></ul>
    23. 23. Expenses <ul><li>Travel; postcards and postage; copies of handouts; AICP provider fee; some room rental & refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>Netted several thousand dollars (not incl. staff time) </li></ul>
    24. 24. Outline 1) Introduction – goals and motivation, drawing target audiences 2) Seminar content – list of topics covered 3) Seminar details – tone, logistics, publicity, finances, attendance 4) Wrap-up – university course, resources for replicating
    25. 25. University mini-course (4 weeks) <ul><li>U of Illinois-Chicago, 2009, 2010 – adjunct lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar content, plus public input exercise, more </li></ul><ul><li>Group project: brief bike plan, presentation for actual suburbs/city wards </li></ul>
    26. 26. “ Packaging” for others to replicate <ul><li>Seminar video, power point slides, other handouts </li></ul><ul><li>4-page detailed writeup (also online) </li></ul><ul><li>www.bikelib.org/bike-planning/bike-planning-instruction/ continuing-education (or just www.bikelib.org) </li></ul>
    27. 27. Thank you… Advocacy Advance grant from Alliance for Bicycling and Walking
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