TRB Presents: Roundabout and Channelized Turn Lane Accessibility Workshops

TRB is offering reduced price workshops on analyzing and designing roundabouts and channelized turn lanes to be usable by people who are blind or have low vision.

Workshop content is based on the findings and methodologies of NCHRP Report 834 — Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities: A Guidebook. Workshops are presented by members of the NCHRP Report 834 team.

THE ACCESSIBILITY CHALLENGE

All newly constructed or renovated facilities must meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to be "accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities" (Title II, 35.151 New Construction and Alterations). Within public rights-of-way, facilities such as sidewalk and street crossings, including signal equipment, should be designed in accordance with the proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way (2011) (proposed PROWAG), or subsequent finalized guidance or standards that may be published in the future.

The accessibility of modern roundabouts and intersections with channelized (right) turn lanes is an important civil rights challenge in the United States that has broad potential implications for engineering practice in this country. In general, these facilities are challenging for blind people because of curved geometry and vehicle paths, yield control, and atypical noise patterns.

Proposed PROWAG requires pedestrian-activated signals at multilane roundabout crossings, along with options for equivalent facilitation. Municipalities and state DOTs need more specific guidance on other options that may constitute equivalent facilitation to pedestrians with vision disabilities at these intersection types.

This workshop will describe accessibility issues experienced by blind pedestrians and present design techniques and treatments to provide information needed for wayfinding and crossing by people who are blind. This workshop provides information about a performance-based assessment process for accessibility. It also presents equivalent facilitation treatments to establish access to these facilities for people who are blind, while reducing installation cost and impact to vehicular traffic compared to a pedestrian-activated signal.

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Schedule
7:30 to 8:00 a.m. - Check-in
8:00 to 12:00 p.m. – Workshop Session
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (on your own)
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Workshop Session

There is limited seating for this event.

Participants will earn a total of 8.0 professional development hours (PDH) for attending this workshop.

There is a $100 cost to attend this workshop.

If you have any questions regarding the logistical aspects of this event, please contact Alexandra Jahnle at (443) 524-9416 or ajahnle@kittelson.com.

For technical questions, contact Bastian Schroeder at (910) 399-5570 or bschroeder@kittelson.com.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Bastian Schroeder, Principal Engineer
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Dr. Schroeder has led roundabout accessibility research for over a decade. He is the principal investigator of NCHRP 3-78b and 3-78c, and led efforts to complete the FHWA Accelerating Roundabout Implementation in the US and FHWA TOPR 34: Evaluation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at Multilane Roundabouts. He is a member of the TRB Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service, the TRB Committee on Roundabouts, the newly-formed TRB Simulation Task Force, and he chairs the North Carolina Simulation and Capacity Model Users Group (SimCap) for ITE.

Janet Barlow, Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Accessible Design for the Blind

Janet is a certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist with extensive experience teaching travel and street crossing skills to individuals who are blind or who have low vision. For the past fifteen years, she has worked on research related to accessibility of sidewalks and street crossings to pedestrians with disabilities and on developing solutions to problems, in collaboration with transportation engineers and planners. She was a key team member for NCHRP Projects 3-78a, 3-78b and 3-78c, researching crossing solutions at roundabouts and channelized turn lanes for pedestrians with vision disabilities and developing guidance. She also was a key member of the team for NCHRP 3-62 which conducted research that resulted in the development of standards for accessible pedestrian signals. She has provided numerous training sessions and presentations at ITE, TRB, AER (Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) and APBP (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals) conferences to share and implement research results. She is a member of the TRB’s Pedestrian committee and Roundabouts committee.

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August 8th, 2018 from 8:00 to 5:00 PM

Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza #4160, Conference Room 2 & 3 (2nd Floor), Boston, MA

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