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Thursday, June 29 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Enhancing Walking and Biking in Urban Corridors

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Two presentations will take place during this session.

Pedestrian-Oriented Signal Timing in Dense Urban Environments (Nolan Levenson): The Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) has become an important tool for improving pedestrian safety and mobility around the country. By providing exclusive crossing time, it allows pedestrians to establish themselves in a crosswalk before vehicles begin to turn, improving visibility and encouraging driver yielding. However, an LPI requires the reduction of green signal time provided for vehicular movement. In congested urban environments, signal time comes at a premium, and oftentimes LPIs are not feasible due to their negative impacts on traffic. In recent years, a new tool has been created ”the Split-LPI” which can allow an LPI without reducing capacity to thru-traffic by holding turns during the LPI phase. Turns are released with a Flashing Yellow Arrow to caution drivers to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles. Come learn how NYCDOT is utilizing this tool to improve pedestrian safety and access around New York City. The presentation will include applications, case studies, lessons learned, and discussion of continued use of the Split-LPI.

11th Avenue Complete Street Project - Nashville, TN: Lessons Learned (Brandon Taylor): The 11th Avenue Complete Street project originally started as an urban greenway project. As work progressed, it was determined that a more comprehensive design was needed in order to safely and efficiently accommodate a variety of traveling modes within the Gulch, including vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. 11th Avenue, the main vehicular and pedestrian link between the Gulch and North Gulch, had not been updated to keep pace with the surrounding development. The aging roadway had sub-standard sidewalks (where they existed), lacked bicycle infrastructure, and did not adequately accommodate transit service at the time. The corridor, weathered from its industrial past, did not fit the new trendy, upscale vibe of the neighborhood. RPM was tasked by Metro Public Works (MPW) in developing concept and construction plans for a complete streets project in the Gulch which incorporated both the new greenway and roadway improvements, with a goal to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety. Construction plans were developed for the Complete Streets concept for portions of 11th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and Division Street. The design resulted in the reconstruction of the streets to safely and efficiently accommodate a variety of travel modes, including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. In particular, the design includes separated cycle tracks on each side of the streets, while also maintaining separate sidewalks on each side of the street. Throughout the project, RPM provided on-going coordination with property owners, utilities, the Gulch Business District, and MPW.

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Nolan Levenson

Project Manager, Pedestrian Projects Group, NYCDOT
Nolan Levenson is a transportation planner with a passion for cities, sustainable transportation, and livable communities. He is currently a Project Manager in NYCDOT's Pedestrian Projects Group, where he designs and manages the implementation of projects that improve multimodal safety... Read More →

Brandon Taylor

Senior Project Engineer, RPM Transportation Consultants
Brandon is a professional engineer with RPM Transportation Consultants. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Brandon is a registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and has over 12 years of professional transportation engineering... Read More →

Thursday June 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Hernando Desoto (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Attendees (14)