EVENT: How traffic engineers can design streets for transit-oriented development

On June 1, 2022, RISE Prince George’s and CSG hosted on online discussion with Randy Dittberner, PE, PTOE (formerly with Virginia Dept. of Transportation).

Prince George’s has ambitious goals for transit-oriented development, especially for its Blue Line Corridor Initiative. But building walkable, transit-oriented places is often thwarted by wide, high-speed roads. The good news is there’s plenty of experience with building streets that foster great walkable places, and offer safer access by all modes, whether walking, biking, riding transit or driving.

Transportation engineer, Randy Dittberner, who has worked in the DC suburbs to redesign roads to more safely support all modes including walking and biking shared his professional experience with the group. Traditional approaches to street designs have a singular focus on moving more cars faster, but new ways of designing streets consider how to make travel safer for people walking and bicycling, serve other community objectives like transit-oriented development, while also moving vehicles. This session is to help Prince George’s activists understand how we can reconsider conventional motor vehicle-centric road designs in light of more multimodal and holistic approaches to designing streets to serve community goals.