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FHWA Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

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LESSON 7: USING LAND USE REGULATIONS TO ENCOURAGE NON-MOTORIZED TRAVEL (INSTRUCTOR'S NOTES)

Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how land use regulations can be used to support non-motorized transportation.
  2. Cite examples of land use planning practices that encourage non-motorized travel. Students will understand and can explain the key elements of neo-traditional neighborhood design.

Pre-Instruction:

Components

Activities

Motivation

Engage the class in a discussion of their findings relative to the assignment for this lesson. Ask them to report any conclusions they reached regarding (including, but not limited to):

  • Sidewalk regulations
  • Bikeways
  • Clustering of buildings
  • Building setbacks
  • Parking (both automobile and bicycle)
  • Provisions for transit

Objectives

Present and explain the two lesson goals listed above (V-7-1).

Information Presentation:

Components

Activities

Information Sequence

Outline the presentation of the lecture (V-7-2).

Information

Describe what elements of general zoning and subdivision regulation are key in designing for non-motorized transportation (V-7-3 and V-7-4).

Explain how site plan review performs an oversight function regarding the design. Go over the site plan checklist that is provided in the Student's Guide.

Describe what elements of zoning and subdivision regulation are key in designing for non-motorized transportation in commercial areas (V-7-5 and V-7-6).

Go over the different aspects of a pedestrian/bicycle-oriented neighborhood (V-7-7 and V-7-8).

Example(s)

Acquire and make use of examples from the reference materials cited at the end of the Student's Guide to illustrate the various planning and zoning concepts that you discuss.

Student Participation:

Components

Activities

Practice

Have the students formulate changes to the local planning or zoning ordinance so that walking and biking are encouraged.

Feedback

Provide comment and feedback to the class as appropriate.

Follow-Up:

Components

Activities

Enrichment

Assign reading for Lesson 8.

Have the students check newspapers and magazines for stories about pedestrian or bicycling accidents. Ask them to bring copies of whatever they find to the next class.

Review

Lesson Objectives:

Lesson Outline:

General Elements of Zoning and Subdivision Regulation:

General Elements of Zoning and Subdivision Regulation (continued):

Zoning and Subdivision Regulation for Commercial Developments:

Zoning and Subdivision Regulation for Commercial Developments (continued):

Aspects of a Pedestrian and Bicycle-Oriented Neighborhood:

Aspects of a Pedestrian and Bicycle-Oriented Neighborhood (continued):

Lesson Summary:

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