Bicycling by Design: Facilities to promote safe and healthy travel

Date:             April 7-8, 2014

Time:             8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location:     UBC Robson Square, HSBC Hall, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver BC


This 2-day course is designed to bring transportation and public health professionals up to date with research and practice on

  • the benefits of cycling
  • cycling safety
  • facilities that encourage cycling
  • safe bike facilities
  • implementation measures


It will equip participants with the skills needed to develop and promote cycling infrastructure for busy streets, quiet streets, and off-street locations. It will include in-class lectures and design workshops. There will be an opportunity to walk to nearby locations to observe some cycling facilities. Those who wish to experience a variety of Vancouver cycling facilities can opt for a “Ride the Cycling Facilities” add-on course. It will focus on three facility types shown to be the best to motivate cycling and increase safety. Participants will learn how to deal with complexities that arise in the design and implementation of these route types.

Course Topics

Part 1 Introduction: Health & Safety Benefits and risks of cyclingCycling safety compared to other transport modes
Part 2 Facility Selection Laws, policies, guidelinesBicycle facility typesPreferred vs. safe facilities
Part 3 Facilities for Busy Streets Design of cycle tracks
Part 4 Facilities for Quiet Streets Design of neighbourhood bikeways
Part 5 Off-Street Facilities Design of bike paths
Part 6 Implementation Evaluating results: Bikeability

Convincing governments and the public

Policy context, funding

Bicycling within the transport planning paradigm


Ride the Cycling Facilities – April 6, 2014 Sunday:  1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

April 6 meeting place:  Welcome House & Settlement Services (Immigrant Services Society of BC – ISSBC), 530 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC and downtown cycling facilities.

For registered participants of the April 7-8 course who want to experience the facilities we discuss in the course, we offer two options:

    • a half-day, customized on-road course with a “Streetwise” cycling instructor from HUB Your Cycling Connection, including 1.5 hours of classroom training on safe riding in cities and a 3-hour on-road session visiting examples of bike facilities
    • a self-directed experience following a route outlined by our course instructors


Click here to view Streetwise course flyer.   Please note the following regarding this on-road course:

  • a separate registration (from the April 7-8 classroom course) is required
  • participants need to bring their own bicycles to the Streetwise course
  • maximum capacity: 12 participants.  Early registration recommended.


Click to view April 7-8 course brochure.


April 7-8, 2014 classroom course


On or before March 17, 2014:   $700

After March 17, 2014:                $775

Course fee includes course materials, refreshment breaks and lunch.

April 6, 2014 customized Streetwise course


$75        Deadline for registration: Friday, April 4 at 5 pm


Target Audience

Engineers, planners, landscape architects, public health professionals, cycling advocates, cycling educators

Course Faculty

Dale Bracewell, Manager, Active Transportation, City of Vancouver

Michael Brauer, ScD, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC;  Director of UBC Bridge Program.

Larry Frank, BLArch, MSc, PhD, Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning and School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Brian Patterson, BA, MA, Principal and Active Transportation Planning Leader, Urban Systems

David Rawsthorne, BASc, MBA, Transportation Engineer, City of Vancouver

Lisa Slakov, Co-chair, Vancouver/UBC Local Action Committee, HUB Your Cycling Connection

Kay Teschke, DipIT, MPH, PhD, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Meghan Winters, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University


Planning Institute of British Columbia:

  • Full-day attendance of the April 7-8, 2014 qualifies for PIBC CPL 14.0 (Organized and Structured) Learning Units
  • Full-day attendance of  the April 6, 2014 “Streetwise” cycling course qualifies for PIBC CPL 4.0 (Organized and Structured) Learning Units

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors:  13.0 PDHs  COPE Approval # CPC-2014-02

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals:  This event contains 13 technical hours (for April 7-8 class) and 4.5 technical hours (for April 6 class) and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points.  See BCRSP website for CM point criteria.



Our course participants can access special rates at hotels in various locations, including those near the course venue.  Please contact Lydia Ma if you require more information.


Please direct inquiries to Lydia Ma.

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