Lecture: Building Great Streets with Performance Measures that Matter

May 26, 2016


Planning and designing for all modes of transportation increasingly requires performance measures to help prioritize projects, evaluate appropriate street design and track project progress over time. Today, limited and varied guidance is available at a local and national level on what performance measures to use for people biking, people walking and people riding transit and how and when to apply them. Additionally, transportation engineers and planners are shifting the performance measurement paradigm for people driving beyond delay and level of service. Meaningful and context-sensitive performance measures are valuable for many reasons, including: demonstrating the value of projects to citizens and elected officials, tracking project success, informing smarter investments, complying with funding requirements, producing a better built environment, and engaging stakeholders in project identification and prioritization. This session will cover best-practices for the application of multimodal performance measures for different planning and design project types. It will include a history of the evolution of multimodal level of service and discuss available mobility-, access- and comfort-based performance measures that address health and safety, equity, infrastructure, economic development, place making and education.

Instructor: Charlie Alexander, Fehr & Peers

Charlie Alexander is an Associate with Fehr & Peers in Denver, Colorado. He joined Fehr & Peers’ Denver office in 2014 after spending seven years in the firm’s Sacramento, California location. He is the leader of Fehr & Peers’ companywide Bicycle & Pedestrian Discipline Group of planners and engineers who develop multimodal planning, engineering and design solutions. Charlie has been the project manager or key staff member for over 60 pedestrian- and bicycle-related projects including master plans, safety studies, corridor analyses and designs. He specializes in complex multimodal planning and engineering projects and has driven innovation in several projects companywide. He spent five years serving as the on-call transportation engineer for the University of California, Davis where he regularly developed innovative solutions to resolve infrastructure issues for the 42,000-person campus where over 40 percent of students get to campus by bike. Charlie is an instructor for the University of California, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program’s “Complete Streets Planning and Design” course and is a Complete Streets Workshop Instructor Apprentice through the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC). He is a registered Civil Engineer in Colorado, California and Washington and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.