NITC's Transportation for Livable Communities Pooled-Fund Research program helps maximize implementation of U.S. DOT’s commitment to livable communities. This program provides regional and local agencies more opportunity to be invested in research that has a national impact. The program offers a process by which cities, counties, MPOs and other regional or local agencies can pool relatively small pots of research dollars to leverage NITC funds for a single project. In each round of Pooled-Fund research, partnering agencies work with NITC staff to develop a clear problem statement and identify match partners. NITC then issues the request for proposals (RFP) for a response from faculty at our partner universities of Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Oregon, University of South Florida and University of Utah. The intention is to raise at least $75,000 and up to $100,000 of matching funds for a research project between $150,000 and $200,000. For the current cycle, NITC is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes.
Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes Request for Proposals
Implementation of protected- or separated-bicycle lanes is increasing rapidly across North America. As recently as 2009 there were only forty such bikeways in twenty U.S. cities. By the end of 2014 there were 210 protected bike lane corridors in sixty-two jurisdictions. Recent national research and national guidance document the principal treatments being used at intersections on these bikeways and the benefits and issues associated with them. These reports build upon the 2013 edition of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, which detailed a variety of treatments, including mixing zones, variations on through bike lanes, and several types of signalization. A fourth treatment, the “protected intersection,” is common in The Netherlands and is gaining interest from practitioners across North America. Currently lacking is both guidance about the context in which these different designs are used to best advantage as well as recommended design elements for each intersection design type. This lack of guidance is resulting in unnecessary variability in design among the same type of treatment (e.g., many variations on what a “mixing zone” should look like). It is also resulting in confusion about the context in which one design is preferred above the others. As there can be significant cost and operational differences between these treatments, appropriate guidance is needed to help steer these decisions.
There are two objectives of this research. The first is to identify the context in which the above-mentioned intersection treatments are most effectively employed. This will ideally result in quantitative guidance about motor vehicle and bicycle speeds, volumes, turning movements and delay, intersection geometry, interactions with transit stops and other factors that will indicate the best treatment. The second objective is to identify the critical elements and dimensions of each treatment so the design treatments can achieve a uniformity and level of standardization across jurisdictions. NITC issued this Request for Proposals for qualified research teams to respond to this need. The project budget is $250,000 with research completed within a time period of 18 months.
This national study brings together cities and local jurisdictions in providing financial support for the project. These include: Los Angeles, City of Chicago, City of Seattle, Washington, DC, Trimet, City of Portland, Cambridge, Metro, Washington County, City of Oakland, and SRAM Foundation. These project partners have provided cash match funding for this pooled-fund project.
- Issue RFP for Pooled-Fund project: July 15, 2015
- Abstracts due: August 7, 2015. Submit online at http://ppms.trec.pdx.edu/, select "NITC Pooled Fund Round 2" grant cycle
- Proposals due: August 31, 2015. Submit online at http://ppms.trec.pdx.edu/
- NITC Executive Committee and Board review/select proposals: September 2015
- Project selection, awards and task orders: September 2015
- Project begins: November 1, 2015