Design and Operations of Separated Bike Lanes and Protected Intersections

Separated bicycle lanes (also known as cycle tracks or protected bicycle lanes) are exclusive facilities for bicyclists that are separated from motor vehicle traffic and pedestrians. Separated bicycle lanes are a fixture of bicycle networks in many countries with high rates of cycling, and interest in and construction of separated bicycle lanes is growing in Minnesota and across the country.

The release of the FHWA’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide provides design guidance but also allows for flexibility in design that would benefit from additional discussion. This course will address planning, design, safety, and operations concerns of separated bicycle lanes and protected intersections based on the FHWA’s newly released design guidance and other resources such as MassDOT's Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide.

The course will include a field visit, so attendees should come prepared to be outside for part of the class.

Dates and Locations

This course is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) at the specified locations on the dates listed below.

  • March 29, 2017—McNamara Alumni Center Ski-U-Mah Room, Minneapolis, MN
  • March 30, 2017—Courtyard by Marriott, St. Cloud, MN


  • Register online
  • Cost: $75
  • If you are unable to register online and pay by credit card, or if you have questions about registration, please contact Mindy Carlson at or 612-625-1813.
  • The course is limited to 30 participants, so early registration is recommended.

Topics Covered

  • Identification of planning-level guidelines to determine need and type of bicycle facilities to include in road design projects
  • Tools available for safety analysis of separated bicycle lanes and the limitations of those tools
  • Designing separated bicycle lanes around features such as bus stops, driveways, etc.
  • General intersection design and operations
  • Protected intersection design and operations

Who Should Attend

Engineers, designers, planners, and traffic operations professionals.

Course Instructor

Brooke Struve is a safety and geometric design engineer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center. She is based in Lakewood, Colorado, but provides technical assistance and training nationwide on design flexibility, performance-based design decision-making, and designing for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. Prior to joining the Resource Center, she was on the Preconstruction Team in FHWA’s Office of Infrastructure. There she worked to advance best practices in the design discipline across the agency and provide technical support for interstate access, geometric design, and accessible design for disabled pedestrians. Brooke has worked as a project manager for FHWA’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and as a team leader for the Utah Department of Transportation, leading the development and design of projects ranging from low-volume recreational roads to urban arterials and freeways. Brooke has a B.S. in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and is a licensed professional engineer in Utah.

More Information

For program information, please contact Melissa Barnes, MnDOT, at or 651-234-7376.


This workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and hosted by Minnesota LTAP.

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