T3 Webinar Overview

ITS Applications for Bicycles and Pedestrians

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Date:   Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time:  2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
PDH:  1.5   View PDH Policy

T3 Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. DOT.


The Nation's transportation network continues to grow as a multi-modal entity that strives to improve safety and mobility for its users. As the system expands due to growing populations, pedestrians and bicyclists become a more integral part of the network. As such, planning, designing, and operating bicycle and pedestrian facilities continue to play important roles in the transportation industry, especially with the use of ITS applications.

ITS applications play a key role in providing safe, reliable, effective, and sustainable mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists. This webinar will explore various ITS technologies, including the DOT-sponsored Pedestrian Automated Enforcement Program, “Ped Minus Left,” an adaptive left turn control strategy to protect pedestrians, and design controls.

Target Audience

The target audience for this webinar includes planners; practitioners; transportation engineers; safety advocates; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; local, state and federal DOTs; transportation urban designers; transit agencies; advocates; as well as elected officials and other decision-makers. This webinar will also benefit other practitioners and professionals who are interested in learning about how ITS applications are used to improve the safety and mobility of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will discuss the following:


Peter Eun will discuss the overview of how ITS applications are used to improve the safety and mobility of bicyclists and pedestrians.

Darcy Akers and Mark Poch will introduce the “Ped Minus Left,” an adaptive left turn control strategy to protect pedestrians from permissive left turns at signalized intersections. By utilizing the Flashing Yellow Arrow signal display, the “Ped Minus Left” addresses potential pedestrian conflicts by omitting the permissive portion of protected/permissive phasing when the adjacent crosswalk has either a walk or flashing Don't Walk indication (left turn traffic has a red arrow display). Once the walk and flashing Don't Walk intervals finish, the permissive left turn is once again allowed (left turn traffic has a flashing yellow arrow display).

Peter Koonce will discuss design controls for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Rich Edmondson will discuss technologies developed in conjunction with the DOT sponsored Pedestrian Automated Enforcement Program, which focuses on the detection of pedestrian right-of-way violations. The system is predicated on the combined use of radar and video. Novel uses of radar, video cameras, and thermal cameras will be discussed as they pertain to improved safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.


Peter Eun, Safety Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Peter Eun is a Transportation Safety Engineer with the FHWA Resource Center's Safety & Design Technical Service Team. He is located in Olympia, Washington. He started out in FHWA's training program where he worked in safety, ITS, and construction. He was the Safety Programs manager in the Colorado Division, a FHWA Liaison to NHTSA in Seattle, WA, and an Area Engineer in the Washington Division office before taking his current position. He is the lead for both the pedestrian and ITS safety programs. He provides instruction for blended courses in safety training, develops training, and provides technical assistance in these areas.


Mark Poch, PE, PTOE, Assistant Director, Transportation Department, City of Bellevue, WA

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Mr. Poch is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and one of the area's first Professional Traffic Operations Engineers. Mark has both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, and has 27 years of transportation and traffic engineering experience. Mark has worked for the City of Bellevue Transportation Department for the past 25 years, where he currently serves as an Assistant Director overseeing seventy employees in the Traffic Management division.

Darcy Akers, Signal Operations and ITS Engineer, City of Bellevue, WA

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Ms. Akers recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was awarded the College of Engineering Dean's Medal for her academic excellence. She helps manage the City's adaptive signal system (SCATS-Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System), including comprehensive performance reviews of intersections with flashing yellow arrows.

Peter Koonce, P.E., Manager, Bureau of Transportation Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS Division, City of Portland, OR

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As manager, Mr. Koonce is responsible for the oversight of an annual budget in excess of $13 Million and 43 professionals. He has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University, teaching graduate level courses in transportation engineering. He is a member of the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and was appointed Chair of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Traffic Signal Systems. Peter is active with multiple professional societies including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He has served on several University Advisory Boards related to transportation engineering and is in his first year as a Board Member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Rich Edmondson, Senior Engineer, Polaris Sensor Technologies

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Mr. Edmonson holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University, and has over 25 years of experience in the development of software and electronic systems. Working at Polaris, Rich has focused on the development of novel optical systems and image processing algorithms, including a 3D vision upgrade system for Talon robots, detection and tracking algorithms for missile seekers, and electronics and embedded software for a variety of sensors designed to measure the polarization properties of light. Currently, Rich is leading the Pedestrian Automated Enforcement Program (PAEP), a Small Business Innovative Research initiative sponsored by FHWA.