Road Safety and Risk Management for Bicycle Facilities (Hybrid)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Center for Health and Safety Innovation

Date: April 14, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Centre for Health and Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga AND via Zoom

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While the frequency of collisions on our road network has been trending downward, the number of collisions involving vulnerable road users has been on the rise in most urban areas across the province and throughout North America. This increase is not accidental and we, as transportation practitioners, have the knowledge and ability to reverse this concerning trend. Vulnerable road user safety must be placed at the forefront through continuous improvements to the planning, design, operations, and maintenance of our infrastructure.

This comprehensive one-day course encompasses all aspects of on-road and off-road bicycle facility safety. The day will begin with an overview of the state-of-the practice in road user safety, common bicycle facility safety issues, and potential contributory factors. The remainder of the course systematically walks the participants through modules on planning and designing on-road, shared use and rural bicycles facilities for safety, intersection and interchange treatments, delineation and access control, at-grade rail crossings, bridges, roundabouts, and roadside safety. Each module includes case studies from actual in-service safety reviews, safety audits and/or legal cases in Ontario, and direct linkages to primary industry resources. Participants will also be involved with a virtual field investigation for a “hands on” bicycle safety review.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the workshops, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the state-of-the-practice in road safety engineering as it relates to bicycle facilities and operations.
  • Identify common bicycle design, operations and maintenance safety concerns, potential hazards on our facilities and networks, and select proven countermeasures and remedial actions.
  • Review and develop policies and practices to improve bicycle safety.
  • Identify potential operational/safety issues and potential hazards of a proposed plan or design through a safety audit or preliminary risk assessment exercise.
  • Locate readily available key resources related safety, design, operations, and maintenance.

Who Should Attend

This course would be of benefit for the following staff involved in transportation planning, design, and operations, as well as maintenance of roads, sidewalks, trails, and paths:

  • Transportation planners;
  • Transportation engineers/technologists;
  • AT managers and their staff;
  • Public works and road maintenance personnel; and
  • Others involved in the management, operations, and maintenance of roadways, sidewalks, and other pedestrian facilities.

Russell Brownlee, M.A.Sc., RSP1, FITE, P.Eng., is the CEO of True North Safety Group (‘TNS Group’), where he provides expert opinions and forensic investigations in the areas of transportation system design, operations, and maintenance, primarily related to road and rail facilities. He is a licensed Engineer in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, and holds the Road Safety Professional Level 1 certification.
He has completed safety reviews for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and many of regions and major municipalities in Ontario. He has completed preliminary risk assessments for proposed bicycle facilities and alternatives in the Region of Waterloo and the City of Ottawa. Russell has completed comprehensive pedestrian safety reviews along the Region of Durham corridors bordering the UOIT Durham College and Whitby GO train sites, and at a Metrolinx pedestrian at-grade railway crossing. Russell was also part of project teams responsible for updating OTM Book 18, reviewing rural bicycle facilities in Burlington, and evaluating bicycle facilities through the Highway 400/Jane Street interchanges.

Russell has presented/published on the topics of pedestrian safety and led an in-service pedestrian safety review workshop at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Russell was invited to present at OTC’s 2016 Annual Meeting on the topic of Safety and Risk Management of Our Active Transportation Systems, and had an article published in Municipal World Magazine titled: Active Transportation: Is your municipality adequately responding to this revival?

Alexandre Nolet, M. Eng., RSP1, P. Eng. is the Director of Transportation Safety and Forensics at True North Safety Group, a firm dedicated to transportation safety and risk management. Alexandre has over 15 years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been on road safety audits, collision analysis, vulnerable road user safety, and risk management. At TNS Group, Alex provides independent opinion to legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, highways, walkways/trails, bike infrastructure, and railway crossings.

Alexandre has developed and provided several training workshops for transportation organizations and associations such as chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Ontario Traffic Conference (OTC), the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Quebec Transportation Association (Association québécoise des transports). He has developed and taught workshops on Safety AnalystTM, the fundamentals and applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual (HSM), locating and designing transit stops for safety, bicycle facility safety and risk management, pedestrian facility safety, and safety at at-grade railway crossings.

Alexandre is a past-President of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He was recently the Chair of the CITE Accessibility committee, which undertook a state-of-the-practice review of accessibility guidelines in Canada.

Stefan Tsang, B.A.Sc., RSP1, P.Eng. is a Transportation Safety Engineer at TNS and is licensed as a professional engineer in Ontario. He also holds the Road Safety Professional Level 1 certification. Stefan has over five years of experience in this role, specializing in road user safety and traffic operations. Stefan has experience with data collection, collision record validation, collision analysis, predictive safety analysis, field investigations, issues diagnosis, and countermeasure selection/evaluation to improve safety performance for all road users.

Stefan’s project experience includes in-service safety reviews, road safety audits, and providing design input from a road user safety perspective for cycling facilities. His recent work included the safety analysis and design input for the City of Toronto’s ActiveTO Midtown Complete Street Pilot. Stefan also has experience completing safety reviews with an emphasis on safety for vulnerable road users and has presented at a one-day workshop focusing on road user safety at signalized intersections. He recently joined the TAC Active Transportation Integrated Committee.

Workshop Agenda
9:00 a.m. OTC Introduction and News
9:15 a.m. Introduction to Active Transportation Safety and Risks
9:30 a.m. Safety Analysis Methods
9:45 a.m. Dominant Bicycle Collisions/Conflict Types and Contributory Factors
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Planning and Designing On-Road Facilities for Safety
11:00 a.m. Planning and Designing Rural and Shared Use Cycling Facilities for Safety
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Intersections, Interchanges, and Transitions
1:45 p.m. Virtual Field Visit
2:30 p.m. Break/Field Investigation Summary
2:45 p.m. Delineation, Access Control and Markings
3:30 p.m. Unique/Specific Features – At-Grade Rail Crossings, Bridges, Roundabouts, Roadside Safety
4:00 p.m. Summary and Discussion


Member Price $289 + HST (In-Person and Virtual)

Non-Member Price $389 + HST (In-Person and Virtua)


Event registration closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 12, 2023

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