Trails in Indiana

2010 Purdue Road School Summary (It’s not just for cars anymore)

The 96th Annual Purdue Road School was conducted on March 9 – 11 at the Stewart Center on the Purdue University Campus. Approximately 1500 public agency representatives, elected officials, consultants, students, and members of the public attended to learn about a range of topics pertaining to the nations’, states’, and local transportation systems. Of the over 50 technical sessions that were offered, at least 3 sessions comprising 8 presentations were on topics directly affecting bicyclists and bicycle facilities.

 
These sessions were:
 
MPO Hot Topics Sessions
 
  • Designing Your Bicycle Safety Program to Reflect Local Needs
  • Unique Engineering Challenges of Bicycle Lane Striping
  • Road Diet – Lincoln Avenue, Evansville
  • Bloomington Complete Streets Policy
 
Planning and Designing Bicycle-Friendly Communities
 
Back to Basics: Complete Streets
 
  • The Benefits if Complete Streets
  • Complete Streets Policies
  • Planning and Building Complete Streets
 
All of the sessions were well attended (approximately 75 – 100 participants) and conducted by MPO representatives, advocacy organizations, and professional consultants. Based on these sessions, it appears that planning for all users of our transportation system is gaining momentum in our state and beginning to be taken more seriously. These topics have not historically been given as much attention at the Purdue Road School conference, which attracts INDOT, County, Municipal, MPO, elected officials, planners, engineers, and vendors each year to West Lafayette. This is the largest conference devoted to transportation in the State.
 
For more information about the 96th Purdue Road School proceedings and topics, please contact Tom Sturmer at tom.sturmer@tsolutions-llc.com.