College of Art and Architecture professor Jaap Vos will take us on a virtual bike ride through Boise with his Pivothead camera. He will show some basic design flaws of existing roads and, along the way, we’ll try to figure out what transportation engineers were thinking. Vos will talk about how several of these design flaws could be fixed with some fresh paint, the removal of road signs, the realignment of pedestrian crossings and some common sense. Finally, we’ll see some fancy bike facilities from around the world, such as heated bike paths, bike parking garages, bike highways and bike bridges.
About Jaap Vos:
Jaap Vos is director of the Urban Design Center at the University of Idaho Boise and a professor of Bioregional Planning and Community Design. He has a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His main research interests include environmental justice, sustainable development, community involvement and planning education. After moving to Idaho in 2012, he has increasingly become interested in expanding planning capacity within the unique context of the American West. More importantly, he is an all-weather bicyclist.