Bicycle Master Plan - Bicycle Boulevard Project - City of Austin

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Bicycle Master Plan - Bicycle Boulevard Project - City of Austin

  1. 1. City of Austin Public Works Department Bicycle Master Plan Bicycle Boulevard Project Transportation Choices for Austin’s Urban Core
  2. 2. Agenda Project Overview Project Update Traffic Consultant Introduction Questions & Comments Design Charette Project Working Group 2
  3. 3. Project Overview Planning Bicycle Master Plan Great Streets Master Plan Downtown Austin Master Plan District specific goals to encourage bicycling and walking Nueces = Bicycle Priority Street Design Need to finalize downtown world-class bicycle accommodations Internal stakeholder buy-in for Nueces St traffic calming toolbox 3
  4. 4. Project Overview Public Input Process Internal Stakeholder Outreach Presentations to relevant Boards & Commissions, and other major stakeholders Public Meeting 1 (December 9) Public Meeting 2 (January 13) Public Meeting 3 (February 24) Internal Stakeholder Review Presentation to UTC & CPTC 4
  5. 5. Project Overview Meeting Purpose Continue bicycle boulevard implementation discussion, with focus on Nueces and Rio Grande Streets. ALL feedback welcome and encouraged. 5
  6. 6. Project Update December Meeting Major Themes Investigate Rio Grande Street Treatment of traffic at major intersections The importance of turning 4-way Stops to 2-way Stops Investigate use of Traffic Circles Traffic impact on adjacent streets Bicycles and traffic calming impact on property values 6
  7. 7. Project Update Other Additional Input Specific comments on traffic calming placement Appropriate placemaking on bicycle boulevard Consider bicycle lanes on Nueces Street Consider West Avenue It’s a great idea! / It’s a terrible idea 7
  8. 8. Project Update COA Responses to your input Met with DAA, ACC, and Pease Elementary PTA Traffic Consultant to perform impact analysis Explored expanding toolbox of traffic calming devices Local real estate & bicycling Intensified evaluation of Rio Grande Street alternative Evaluated other alternatives 8
  9. 9. A Bicycle Boulevard Is … 9
  10. 10. Local Real Estate & Bicycles 10
  11. 11. Local Real Estate & Bicycles 11
  12. 12. Local Real Estate & Bicycles Research 2003 Emily Drennen Study – Economic Effects of Traffic Calming on Small Urban Business 2008 Streets to Live By, Transportation Alternative Portland, Oregon 2008 Victoria Transport Institute 12
  13. 13. Nueces Street Criteria Met for Bike Boulevards Already used by bicyclists Grid system Low motor vehicle traffic & speed Good grade for bicycling Connections to popular destinations Connections to other bicycle projects A mix of uses Designated in multiple City-wide plans 13
  14. 14. Rio Grande Street Similar to Nueces Street Already used by bicyclists Grid system Low motor vehicle traffic & speed Good grade for bicycling Connections to popular destinations Connections to other bicycle projects A mix of uses But, Schools are present Less design constraints (Larger toolbox) Neighborhood Input New Bike/Ped Bridge? Vehicle turnover at ACC Need for Traffic Light at 5th and Rio Grande 14
  15. 15. Traffic Consultant Introduction HDR has extensive experience modeling traffic patterns and forecasting vehicle flows Consultant will take further input tonight on how to focus study 15
  16. 16. Available Tools Medians Signage & Markings Chicanes Pinch Points (Rio Grande) Traffic Partial Circles Diverters (Rio Grande) 16
  17. 17. Design Charette 17
  18. 18. Questions/Comments
  19. 19. Project Working Group Establish a working group to move forward Representatives of: Property Owners Business Owners Residents Bicyclists School Community Others? Will meet at least weekly for next month Presentation of traffic results, and possible new staff recommendation, at next meeting on February 24th 19

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