Events / Meetings

Accessible Streets: Multimodal Universal Design in Action

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 -- 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

This webinar is led by the ITE Traffic Engineering Council.

Webinar Description:

This webinar will focus on lessons learned in two case study projects tackling major hurdles in traffic calming and multimodal accessible design. The best practices and design details of traffic control, pavement markings and speed control for multimodal facilities have been a work in progress in our industry. Designs that have sought to provide safe and accessible facilities to allow for pedestrian, bike, and transit access are rarely as straightforward as following the MUTCD and the Green Book for the best approach to ADA accommodations, clear and legible lane markings, and the most effective traffic control. And often projects face hurdles when neighborhood stakeholders find the designs confusing, or have unexpected effects on populations like those with low or no vision. These two case study projects have tackled these issues with creative design approaches and robust public outreach plans that can help identify new best practices moving forward.

James Elliott, of Toole Design, will share his work in Montgomery County, Maryland with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments creating a groundbreaking toolbox with guidance for planning and designing accessible streets and public spaces and a concept design for a prominent street in downtown Silver Spring where a new separated bike lane is planned. The deliverables were informed by a robust stakeholder outreach process that involved a public meeting, two online surveys, development of tactile graphics, field interviews with people with various types of disabilities, two design critiques, and multiple presentations to the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities. Toole Design also conducted extensive research on accessible design best practices in the United States and internationally, including outreach to Canada, Scotland, England, Netherlands, and Japan.

Paige Anderson, of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, will present on specific lessons learned in the design and implementation of specific corridors in the Pittsburgh Neighborway program. Neighborways are low-traffic streets that prioritize pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-vehicular traffic and offer a safer, more comfortable alternative to busy arterial streets. Neighborways typically run through residential neighborhoods and use context-appropriate traffic calming tools to keep speeds slow and safe for all users. Like the streets and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, every Neighborway is different. To achieve the goals of reducing speeds and increasing safety for all users, each block and intersection along the routes have required different design solutions. These designs have responded to the local conditions of the route and community input, including specific routes where the surrounding communities had very specific needs and concerns, including a high population of vision impaired residents

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Recognize when urban design standards need to be adapted for local conditions and stakeholder needs.
  • Recall best practices to create a robust stakeholder outreach approach and apply the information learned to specific design details
  • Describe signing and marking, traffic control and other design details to accommodate various multi-modal access priorities


  • Paige Anderson, Project Engineer | City of Pittsburgh - Department of Mobility and Infrastructure | Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • Jim Elliott, AICP, Senior Planner | Toole Design | Silver Spring, MD, United States

ITE Members: $49.00
Non-Members: $99.00

This fee includes a live web event, an archived recording, webinar evaluation, 1.5 PDH credits, and a certificate of completion.

Group Pricing Available
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