A view of ROW in Washington, DC that integrates infrastructure for all users.
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes Photography
The next round of programs in our series introduces categories that are often considered to be the most significant obstacles to the full implementation of many projects and plans. Funding and Legislation are perceived as setting restrictions or hard limits, when in fact, they should be utilized as tools to move a project or program forward. The programs in Funding examine the existing structure of transportation funding and identify new strategies for generating revenue (fees, assessments, grants). While the programs in Legislation call for greater recognition of non-motorized modes in official designations, safety considerations, and infrastructure. The programs categorized under Funding and Legislation are important to the realization of the Mobility Element goals and policies because they acknowledge all modes of travel as legitimate users of the road and redefine the standards by which infrastructure improvement projects are prioritized. Continue reading
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Tagged 2010 Bicycle Plan, A, Action Plan, Enhanced Networks, implementation programs, online town hall, transportation
Woonerf street in the UK: a narrow roadway, curves, trees, removable bollards, and physical barriers improve safety for pedestrians and ensure that motorist slow down. Colored pavement/texture also indicates pedestrian crossing zones.
Photo Credit: Archinect.com
The design and physical components of the built environment play a central role in shaping the transportation patterns of a city or region. A roadway consisting of eight vehicle lanes without sidewalks functions very differently from a street with two vehicle lanes, bicycle lanes, and 15 foot sidewalks.
Current needs and future estimates indicate the demand for engineering standards that accommodate a diverse array of transportation modes and networks (the City’s standard street dimensions were updated in 1999). The primary force behind the programs in the Engineering category is the idea that all travel modes need to be allotted space in the public ROW. Continue reading
Photo Credit: NYDOT, ODOT, and LADOT
Key components of any strategy to implement change are the ability to get the word out and to get community members involved. As such, the programs under Communication identify various media platforms by which transportation information can be shared and disseminated: TV, radio, 311/telephone, internet, and signage. These platforms allow transit providers and transportation agencies to share current and live information with users in the form of a smartphone app, interactive map, or real-time transit arrival sign at stations/stops. Wayfinding signs are also important to communicating transit connections, bikeways, and destinations to all users. The programs under Education focus on campaigns, outreach efforts, and strategies to provide information about safety (for all users) and alternative modes of travel. In addition, this category identifies training programs for police officers and transit operators and encourages public agencies to plan/prepare for the changing mobility patterns of users. Continue reading
Photo Credit: Pavel Losevsky
The current and future performance and efficiency of our transportation networks and City’s mobility relies heavily on the collection and analysis of accurate, timely, and relevant data. Many of the programs under Analysis rely on examining and modifying existing performance criteria, strategies, calculations, and mitigations in order to increase access and improve transportation infrastructure. In the same way, the programs under Data depend on existing databases and information. These programs propose an integrated approach by which databases managed by separate public agencies and private or nonprofit organizations are consolidated or shared in order to identify data needs. Continue reading
Starting this Friday, over the next several weeks we will be asking members of the community to look at, comment on, and help prioritize programs proposed for the Mobility Element’s Action Plan, through our online town hall. The programs in the Action Plan will help further the goals and policies of the Mobility Element and have been organized into 17 categories: Analysis, Data, Communication, Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Funding, Land Use, Legislation, Maintenance, Management, Operations, Parking/Loading Zones, Planning, Public Space, Schools, and Support Features. Programs adopted in the 2010 Bicycle Plan are included in the Action Plan since the 2010 Bicycle Plan is a chapter of the Mobility Element. Continue reading