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Designing for Rural Bicyclist Safety

August 2018 Webinar #2

Availability Status: Archived

  • Created: Thursday August 16th, 2018
  • Source: Federal Highway Administration, Michael Williams Company
  • Publishing Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
  • Topic: Engineering, Road, Road User
  • Sub-Topic: Bicycle Safety, Sharing the Road Safely with All Road Users
  • Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Sector: Local, State, Federal, Tribal
  • Profession: Engineers, Educators, Planners, Policy makers
  • Training Format: Training Webinar
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

Webinar Description

This webinar provided an overview of why bicycle travel should be included in the rural transportation network, provided an understanding of key safety principles for bicyclists, and educated about design treatments, countermeasures, and the latest guidance. 

Bicyclists are vulnerable users for whom we have an imperative for improvement of the bikeway network that serves the range of skill levels.  Many people would be likely to choose to ride a bike if there were bikeways where they felt safe. 

 Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:

  • Identify safety risks to bicyclists
  • Compare different needs and desires of bicyclists
  • Describe countermeasures for safety bicycle travel in rural locations
  • Describe the operation of an Advisory Bike Lane (ABL)-equipped road along with its advantages and challenges
  • Compare and contrast ABLs with other slow street treatments

 Target Audience

This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants had some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenters

  • Brooke Struve, PE, Senior Safety & Geometric Design Engineer at FHWA Resource Center

Brooke Struve provides technical assistance and training nationwide on design flexibility, performance-based design decision-making, and designing for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.  Prior to joining the Resource Center, she was on the Preconstruction Team in FHWA’s Office of Infrastructure.  There she worked to advance best practices in the design discipline across the agency and provide technical support for Interstate access, geometric design, and accessible design for disabled pedestrians.  She has worked as a Project Manager for FHWA’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and as a Team Leader for the Utah Department of Transportation, leading the development and design of projects ranging from low-volume recreational roads to urban arterials and freeways.  Brooke has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Utah.

  • Michael Williams, Principal of Michael Williams Company

Michael Williams is Principal of Michael Williams Company, a transportation consulting firm specializing in active transportation, roundabouts, road diets, rural environments and traffic calming strategies. Michael has been involved both in the planning and design of active transportation facilities for more than 15 years. In addition to fifteen years as a licensed public works general contractor, he holds three engineering degrees and has been awarded more than ten patents. Michael is a member of APBP and ITE.

Michael advocates for, researches and presents on ABLs in an effort to increase awareness and adoption of this new roadway type. Michael’s website,, is the most complete source of information on ABLs.