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Real Intersection Design: Get RID of Rhetoric

Moderated by Michael King, Nelson\Nygaard

Date: Tuesday, September 2

Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: The Real Intersection Design workshop will be held in a meeting room (TBD) at the office of Seattle DOT.  Exact details (where to meet, workshop agenda, bus to site, and lunch options) will be e-mailed to workshop registrants.

Cost: $150 for APBP members, $200 for non-members. To arrange payment, please use your Internet browser to download the APBP payment form at:

Credits: 7 credits of Continuing Education (for planners, engineers, landscape architects) are available.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces a 1-day Professional Development Seminar in conjunction with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Conference.  Note that advanced registration is required, using the form below, and that the workshop is limited to 35 participants.

Real Intersection Design is a focused training workshop which pragmatically addresses the complex issues that urban street designers face in redesigning a problematic intersection for walkers, wheelchair users, transit riders, cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians with visual impairments.

Workshop participants will form into six teams; each representing a different user group. Led by a recognized expert in the field, teams will use scale drawings, aerial maps, speed, crash, volume and other available data to develop a plan. Team leaders provide guidebooks and props (e.g., AASHTO Green Book, SmartLevel, a bicycle, a wheelchair, and a white cane) and cultivate intensive information exchange. 

The workshop includes both classroom and field work and culminates in six robust plans which participants will compare and contrast to identify which elements are common to all users and which are problematic for different users.

The intended audience is practitioners who want to sharpen their skills and knowledge of various intersection users, and those who desire a better understanding of the complexity of urban intersection design.

The intersection: We will study the intersection at Rainier Avenue S and S. Dearborn Street in Seattle. Note that this is an active Seattle DOT project; they are looking for our talents to address a myriad of issues, such as bike access to a nearby trail, heavy truck traffic, heavy turning movements, local traffic calming, bus stop placement and access, etc.  Join us in helping the city design a better city – and in a few years we can take “after” photos.

For a view of the intersection to be used in the Real Intersection Design workshop, see

Instructors for the Real Intersection Design workshop will include:

  • Monica Dewald of Seattle DOT – bicycle team
  • Lois Thibault of the US Access Board – limited mobility team
  • Reiner Blanco of Seattle DOT – motor vehicle team
  • Manual Soto of Nelson\Nygaard – transit team
  • Joe Couples of Seattle DOT – traffic signal team
  • David Miller of the Lighthouse for the Blind – limited vision team
  • Megan Hoyt of Seattle DOT – pedestrian team

Past RID workshops participants say:

  • “Excellent format.  A lot done in one day, including the rapid firing by a number of experts from each user/designer perspective.”
  •  “The RID workshop was a great (and humbling) experience...”
  •  “This workshop itself was worth the $2000 that I paid for the entire conference.”

 To ensure maximum benefit to all participants, a minimum of 20 registrants is required. APBP reserves the right to cancel the workshop and refund all fees if fewer than 20 people register. Invite your colleagues to make sure this workshop happens! The maximum number is 35, so register early.

PAYING FOR YOUR REGISTRATION: Please call Debra Goeks at the APBP offices prior to August 15, 2008. Debra's phone number is: 262-228-7025. You can use Visa, MasterCard or AMEX over the phone, or you can download a payment form at (PDF Format) and use it to fax your payment information to APBP.

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