(TORONTO) — 30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce that the Transportation Safety Group will be instructing a Pedestrian Safety and Risk Management course for the Ontario Traffic Council.
This comprehensive education session encompasses all aspects of pedestrian safety. It will begin with an overview of the state-of-the practice in road user safety, common pedestrian safety issues, and potential contributory factors. The remainder of the course systematically walks the participants through modules on proactive safety, intersections /controlled crossings, designing to optimize accessibility, lighting and visibility, rail crossings, bridges, interchanges, among others. Each module includes cases studies from actual in-service safety reviews, safety audits and/or legal cases in Ontario, and direct linkages to the Highway Safety Manual and other primary industry resources. Midday participants will walk to two nearby intersections for a “hands on” pedestrian safety review, at locations where the facilitators have previously completed daytime and night time field reviews.
The Ontario Traffic Council is offering this comprehensive practitioner level workshops dedicated to pedestrian safety that is unique in North America.
After successfully completing the workshops participants should be able to:
Understand the state-of-the-practice in road safety engineering as it relates to pedestrian facilities and operations.
Develop a basic network screening process to determine higher risk locations and dominant collision types experienced.
Identify common pedestrian operational and maintenance safety concerns, and potential hazards on our facilities and networks, and select proven and low-cost countermeasures and remedial actions.
Gain knowledge on how to design pedestrian facilities to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities.
Review and develop policies and practices to improve pedestrian safety.
Identify potential operational/safety issues and potential hazards of a proposed plan or design through a safety audit or preliminary risk assessment exercise.
Locate readily available key resources related safety, design, operations, and maintenance.
Russell Brownlee, M.A.Sc., FITE, P.Eng. Russell is the Principal of 30 Forensic Engineering’s Transportation Safety Group, where he provides expert opinions in the areas of transportation system design, operations, and maintenance, primarily related to road and rail facilities. Russell is a recognized expert in undertaking in-service safety reviews of transportation facilities. He has completed safety reviews for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and many of regions and major municipalities in Ontario. Most recently, Russell completed comprehensive pedestrian safety reviews along the Region of Durham corridors bordering the UOIT Durham College and Whitby GO train sites, and at a Metrolinx pedestrian at-grade railway crossing.
Russell has presented/published on the topics of pedestrian safety and led an in-service pedestrian safety review workshop at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Russell was invited to present at OTC’s 2016 Annual Meeting on the topic of Safety and Risk Management of Our Active Transportation Systems, and had an article published in Municipal World Magazine titled: Active Transportation: Is your municipality adequately responding to this revival?
Alex Nolet, M. Eng., P. Eng. is a Senior Associate at 30 Forensic Engineering’s Transportation Safety Group. Alex has over eight years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been road safety, traffic operations and collision analysis. Alex provides independent opinion to legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, highways walkways/trails, and railway crossings.
Alex’s project/file experience has included detailed examinations of the location, design, and operations of pedestrian crossings including PXOs and pedestrian refuge islands in a number of municipalities across Ontario. He was involved in the City of Hamilton Mobility Pedestrian Master Plan project for which he estimated the risk of collisions involving pedestrians on road segments and at intersections, and ranked the road elements based on their potential for pedestrian safety improvements. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP). He currently leads a CITE committee completing a state-of-the-practice review of accessibility guidelines in Canada.
About 30 Forensic Engineering
30 Forensic Engineering (30fe.com), based in Toronto, has been serving the insurance and legal industries for 15 years and is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 60+ professional investigators is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America. We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in: Civil/Structural, Building and Fire Code, Geotechnical and Mining, Construction Claims, Biomechanics, Personal Injury, Human Factors, Collision Reconstruction, Transportation Safety, Electrical and Renewable Energy, Environmental Health and Safety, Remediation, Materials Failure/HVAC, and Fire and Explosion investigations.