Thursday, July 5, 2012

PSU-Delft Technical & City Planning Projects

Technical Projects

The previous year's efforts were included in the 2011 NEU Wiki page.  The bullets highlight questions that may be answered as a part of your project. The intent is to provide a significant contribution to the topic of Transportation in the Netherlands whether it be Bike Signal, Pedestrian Operations, or Transit.

Rob Bertini's comments will be capture in real time in the Google Docs version of this list.

Bike Signal Design & Operations- Jake and JoAnna

Last year there was a team that focused on Bike Signals there work can be found here.
The City of Portland has done some work evaluating different technologies which is here 
  • Placement of signals (near or far, both) - how does it fit with the through movement
  • Right side of cyclists (standard - where does it say this)
  • Length of green, yellow, and all red (video data collection)
  • Separation of right turning traffic from bicycle traffic
  • Specific focus on interchange treatments
  • Reviews of NJ Walks, Traffic Signal Guidelines (Transpo Association of Canada)
  • Use of active warning signs. (NE Couch & Grand)
  • How are red lights avoided for cycling?

Pedestrian Operations and Accessibility with Bicycle Design - Kathryn and Tommy

  • Critique of Dutch Junction Design Concept, NACTO Guide for Pedestrians
  • Bad examples seen in the Nethlerands and what should be done. How Bicycle treatments and pedestrian treatments might be improved
  • Den Haag example near station where pedestrians are grade separated and are asked to cross midblock
  • Accessibility to transit stops
  • Pedestrian signal timing (is it sufficient for all users); research how they allow Walk and Flashing Don't Walk 
  • Cycle lengths and delay for pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian detection - is it only pedestrian push buttons?
  • Pedestrian accessibility from Delft garages - Koepoort garage (or others)
  • Specific measures to reduce speeds? How are pedestrians treated within that. Are changes in vertical in 30 km/hr ADA compliant? How could that be adopted in the U.S. 

Transit Integration with Bicycle Design - Jeremy, Derek, Zef, & Ryan (decide whether it is 4-person team or 2 2-person teams - see below for Competitiveness of Transit)

  • Tradeoff of width and volume of cycletracks and # of buses - are their guidelines
  • Cycletrack behind transit - Accessibility (what are the distances, grades, separation, etc).
  • Go visit locations and determine effectiveness as observed (peak period)
  • Review N Williams project or SW Broadway to determine issues that might be transferrable to U.S. (left side? is there any in the Netherlands? - could a 2 way cycletrack be the answer? for NE Multnomah issues with transit?) 
  • Streetcar tracks, what do the Dutch do to reduce potential bike and rail issues

Transit Competition 

  • What is the range of speed of buses, trams (light rail), Sprinter, and Intercity trains (check schedules and a variety of destinations)? Document what you find. Describe how this compares to Portland. Compare to car travel in the peak periods.
  • How do densities and transit service compare with Portland? Contact Jan to learn about densities of communities in the Haaglaaden.
  • Describe transit priority and ask about this with HTM. Does HTM work with the municipality on signal priority and other delay issues.  
  • How do transit agencies manage on time performance? 
  • OV Fiets and its use may improve competitiveness of a multimodal trip versus a car trip. Comment on this and how TriMet may have an opportunity with the Orange line.
  • How is car sharing used for longer different trips?

City Planning Projects

To be determined.

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