Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Bike Plan Update Documents Posted

The Bike Commute Challenge starts tomorrow! If you haven't registered, sign up today!

The BCC is a statewide event, but in some ways more interesting locally is the process to update the bicycle chapter in the Transportation System Plan and to develop a district-wide Safe Routes to School plan. In a happy and synergistic coincidence the two are going on at the same time and with the same staff!

The memos from last week's kick-off are posted, and one of the more interesting pieces is the draft criteria for rating projects:
System Connectivity
To what degree would the concept or project fill a missing gap in the bicycle and/or pedestrian system? Higher ratings will be assigned to projects that would fill major network gaps.

Multi-Modal Connections
How well would the concept or project link bicyclists and pedestrians with transit and other non-single occupancy vehicle opportunities? Concepts or projects that substantially improve multi-modal connections will receive higher ratings.

User Safety and Comfort
Could the concept or project potentially improve bicyclist/pedestrian safety and comfort at locations with perceived or documented safety issues, without creating additional operational hazards? This criterion will take into account available crash data as well as feedback from Salem residents. Higher ratings will be assigned to projects with greater potential to improve user safety and comfort, and those projects that move towards meeting design standards and industry best practices.

Community Support
To what degree do Salem residents desire the proposed concept or project? This criterion will take into account oral and written feedback received at the various community outreach forums associated with this project including public workshops, listening station events, small group discussions and web-based surveys. Concepts or projects addressing documented community concerns will receive higher ratings.

What financial resources would be needed to implement the concept or project? Is the project cost prohibitive, or could it be potentially implemented through grant funding or other opportunities? Do the relative benefits outweigh the costs of the project, and are cost effective over the life cycle of the improvement? Higher ratings will be assigned to concepts or projects with lower anticipated costs, greater benefits, and as well for concepts/projects that could reasonably obtain funding through grants or other opportunities regardless of anticipated cost.

Accommodating a Broad Range of Users
How well would the concept or project address the needs of a variety of users, including families, children, mobility-impaired, seniors, or infrequent or less-confident users? Concepts or projects serving a wider variety of users will receive higher evaluative ratings.

Environmental Justice
Would the concept or project benefit minority or lower-income residents (many of whom tend to bike, walk, and use transit more than the community generally)? Higher ratings will be assigned to projects located in areas with higher concentrations of minority or lower-income residents (e.g., Title VI populations).

Land Use Connections
To what degree would the concept or project connect users with major bicyclist and pedestrian destinations such as employment centers, schools, parks, libraries, etc.? To what degree would the project support land use and development plans and would it be consistent with the community’s vision for the future? Projects within close proximity of major non-motorized destinations will receive higher evaluative ratings. Projects that would be consistent or would reinforce land use and development plans would receive a higher evaluation rating.
Each category will be rated under the tripartite scheme: "The concept or project would fully/partially/minimally (or n/a) address the criterion..."

What do you think of them? Are these the right categories? Should there be others? What's the best way to prioritize a list?

And if you want to dig in, there are four other memos!


Walker said...

Here's an idea for the bike plan -- where a right-turn lane for cars cuts across a bike lane ... such as at Airport Rd. going north at 22 (coming from Lowes), and going South on 17th coming up to Center St.

There should be a dotted line or something painted to connect the bikelane that was near the curb and is now between the travel lane and the right turn lane.

Yesterday, at both these intersections, cars waiting to turn blocked me out so that I could not get from the curbside bikelane over to the continuation of the bikelane to proceed through the intersection.

Is there an industry standard for this already, or do we have an opportunity to create something here?

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

You're so kind not to point out the "Blan Plan" Blunder!

We'll fix that in a moment.

If I understand the situation right, Edgewater heading into town at Wallace has such a dotted line, as does 13th heading north towards Mission. There may be others. The dotted line is no guarantee the cars will leave you space, but it does help. PDX has gone further and painted some of the transitions in blue. (Here's a 1999 report on them.) I'm sure we'll see more of these kinds of marking!

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Here's more. See P.44 of Memo #1!