Presentation on theme: "Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns About Highway Design and Operation Barb Mee, AICP City of Asheville Transportation Department 10-31-11."— Presentation transcript:
Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns About Highway Design and Operation Barb Mee, AICP City of Asheville Transportation Department 10-31-11
Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns2 Complete Streets Complete Streets are safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel for everyone, regardless of age or ability – motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders.
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns3 Why It Matters Nearly 1/3 of Americans don’t drive 21% of those over 65 under 16 no access to a car want to live car-free
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns4 Why It Matters Of all trips: 50% are under 3 miles50% are under 3 miles 28% are 1 mile or less28% are 1 mile or less 72% of trips 1 mile or less are driven72% of trips 1 mile or less are driven
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns5 Why It Matters
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns6 What They Are Thoughtfully designed and appropriate to the surroundings. It’s a continuum. It is not just building sidewalks and bike lanes everywhere
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns8 Pedestrian Facilities Work Walking along the road accounts for 10-15% of pedestrian crashes. Paved shoulders reduce these crashes 70% Sidewalks by 88%
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns9 Crossing the Street Pedestrians cross the street because there are things they want to get to…a bus stop, a store, a neighbor…but how we design makes all the difference.
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns10 Speed and Crash Severity As a pedestrian, if I am to be hit, I want to be hit slowly. 20 mph = 15% fatal 40 mph = 85% fatal
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns12 Sidewalk Width 5’ is minimum width necessary for two people to walk side by side or to pass one another 6’ is better 8-12’ in urban core
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns13 The sidewalk corridor extends from the edge of the roadway to the end of the right of way. It is divided into four zones: curb zone furniture zone pedestrian zone frontage zone Sidewalk Zones
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns14 Zone System on a Residential Street
10-31-11Pedestrian and Bicycle Concerns15 Zone System on a Commercial Street