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  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
  • Andy Mortensen of Transpo Group GIS Measures of Connectivity | 05/26/09
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    • 1. Testing Connectivity Metrics in Bellingham, WA American Planning Association Washington State Conference Kennewick, WA October 5-6, 2010
    • 2. Bellingham, WA – “City of Subdued Excitement”
      • Bellingham = 77,000 residents
      • UGA = 9,000
      • Whatcom County = 193,000
      • Bellingham & UGA contains 45% of Whatcom County’s population
      • Bellingham is seat of County government and has 18 of the Top 25 employers in Whatcom County, including:
      • Western Washington University
      • Whatcom Community College
      • Bellingham Technical College
      • St. Joseph’s Hospital
      • Bellingham School District
      • City of Bellingham
      • Whatcom County
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    • 3. Multimodal Transportation Concurrency Service Areas
      • 5 Urban Village (Type 1) Green Concurrency Service Areas
      • Downtown-Old Town-Fountain Districts
      • Barkley Village District
      • WWU IMP District
      • N. Samish Way District
      • Fairhaven Village District
      • 4 Transition (Type 2) Yellow Concurrency Service Areas
      • 5 Suburban (Type 3) Red Concurrency Service Areas
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    • 4. Purpose of the Connectivity Study
      • Establish Importance of “Connectivity” as a Metric
      • Establish Citywide Baseline Measurement of Connectivity
      • Explore Means to Refine Multi-modal Concurrency to Include Connectivity
      • Use Connectivity Metrics to Supplement Capital Improvement Feasibility Studies
      • Explore Use of Connectivity to Refine Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans and Prioritize Projects
    • 5. Bellingham Comprehensive Plan Guidance
      • TG-7 Focus on improving traffic circulation and reduce demand for constructing costly system improvements designed to accommodate additional single occupancy vehicle trips.
      • TG-16 Identify and commit to connecting ‘missing links’ within the land-based transportation network for all modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motor vehicles.
      • TG-18 Identify and analyze low-cost opportunities to increase street connectivity to create better traffic circulation within neighborhoods and throughout the city.
      • TP-60 Discourage cul-de-sacs, where topography allows, and encourage well-connected streets in new and existing neighborhoods.
    • 6. Bellingham’s Transportation Mode Shift Goals Slide TG-28: Set target goals to increase the mode share of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit trips and reduce automobile trips as a percentage of total trips, as listed below. Mode 2004 1 2010 2 2015 2 2022 2 Auto 87% 84% 80% 75% Transit 2% 3% 4% 6% Bike 3% 4% 5% 6% Ped 8% 9% 11% 13% Notes: 1. 2004 raw data from FTA/Social Data Study 2. City/WTA recommendations based on 2004 raw data from FTA/Social Data Study
    • 7. Citywide Connectivity - Bellingham
    • 8. Bellingham’s 16 Concurrency Service Areas Testing Connectivity Quality of Service (QOS) Indices Connectivity Analyses Focused on CSAs #9 & #14
    • 9. Connectivity by Concurrency Service Area
    • 10. Measures of Connectivity in Concurrency Service Area #9
      • Smart Growth Access
      • Safety Active Living
    • 11. CSA #9 Composite Score & Summary Connectivity Indices Composite Scoring
    • 12. Concurrency Service Area #14
      • Smart Growth Access
      • Safety Active Living
    • 13. CSA #14 Composite Score & Summary Connectivity Indices Composite Scoring
    • 14. Connectivity Benefit - Birchwood Arterial Connector
      • Interstate 5 = Barrier
      • Birchwood = New east-west arterial grade-separated beneath Interstate 5 via abandoned railroad tunnel
      • Connects 900-acre area annexed to city in 2009
      • New access to Hospital and medical facilities
      • Significant improvement in EMS, fire, and police response times
      • New sidewalk, bicycle lane, transit connections
      • In conjunction with off-street multi-use trail connecting City parks
    • 15. St Joseph Hospital – Existing Condition Existing Travel Distance to St. Joseph Hospital
    • 16. St Joseph Hospital with Birchwood Multimodal Connector Expanded Coverage Area – Birchwood Connector
    • 17. St Joseph Hospital with Birchwood Multimodal Connector Reduced Travel Distance to St Joseph Hospital
    • 18. Downtown Library with Birchwood Multimodal Connector Reduced Travel Distance to Bellingham Library
    • 19. Technical College with Birchwood Multimodal Connector Reduced Travel Distance to Bellingham Technical College
    • 20. Recommendations – Next Steps
      • Consider Potential Revisions to Connectivity Metric
        • Establish Community Values – Weighting Criteria
      • Add Connectivity Metric to Multimodal Concurrency Program for Pedestrian, Bicycle, Transit Modes
      • Examine Connectivity of Remaining CSAs
      • Refine and reconsider citywide Pedestrian and
      • Bicycle System Needs
      • Prepare and Adopt Citywide Pedestrian and
      • Bicycle System Plans
    • 21. Bellingham Contact Information
      • All questions regarding
      • Bellingham’s transportation planning programs
      • should be directed to:
      •  
      • Chris Comeau, AICP, Transportation Planner
      • City of Bellingham Public Works Department
      • (360) 778-7946; or [email_address]
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