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  • Imagine visiting cities that are fun, vibrant, easy to get around without a car. Think of our growing awareness of the financial and environmental costs of oil
  • 2/3 of all trips in the U.S. taken by car are less than 5 miles in distance
  • Pre-natal exposure to air pollution is correlated with fetal demise, pre-term delivery, and low birth weight
  • Individuals in the Omaha area drive 22.7 miles per day
  • Residents of sprawling neighborhoods in Atlanta were 35% more likely to be obese than in compact neighborhoods, even when controlling for race, age, sex, and income
  • One mile of urban freeway costs 2,500 times more per mile than a shared-use bike route like the Keystone Trail. Houses that are farther apart require longer roads, sewer and water lines, and this increases mileage on city-owned vehicles, emergency vehicles, school-buses, garbage trucks, etc.
  • Omaha is losing money on car dependent neighborhoods…and we’re all paying for it!
  • Every $10 million invested in public transportation returns up to $30 million in business sales alone
  • Simply shifting 50% of highway funds to transit would result in a net gain of 180,150 MORE jobs – without a single dollar of new spending
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    • 1. Livable Omaha
      An Initiative of the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Transportation Committee
    • 2. Livable Omaha
      OverviewThink of the cities you like to visit – Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago
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    • 7. Livable Omaha
      Planning ConcernsTransportation planning in the U.S. has focused on moving cars rather than moving people
    • 8. Land Use Context and Zoning
      Place-making and Pedestrian Facilities
      Multiple Modes and Local Access
      Vehicle Zone
      “Vehicle Mobility Priority”
      COMPONENTS OF AN URBAN STREETSCAPE
    • 9. Access vs. Mobility
    • 10. Livable Omaha
      Planning Concerns27% of all trips taken by automobile in the U.S. are less than one mile in distance
    • 11. Network Design
      Sparse Hierarchy System
      Dense Grid Network
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    • 14. Network Capacity
      Sparse Hierarchy System
      Dense Grid Network
      4-lane arterial @ 45mph = 2400 vph
      Two 2-lane streets @ 30mph = 3600 vph
    • 15. High Connectivity
      Travel Lanes Required
      Moderate Connectivity
      Low Connectivity
    • 16. Network Capacity
      Sparse Hierarchy System
      Manage Capacity Through Continual Widening of Arterials
      Manage Capacity by Providing Multiple Routes and Modes
      Dense Grid Network
    • 17. Induced traffic and perpetual widening
    • 18. Safety vs. Livability
      E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
    • 19. E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
    • 20. E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
    • 21. E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
    • 22. E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
    • 23. Livable Omaha
      Health ConcernsThe National Morbidity, Mortality, and Air Pollution Study estimates as many as 52,000 deaths are caused by air pollution each year – Omaha’s share would be 353 deaths per year
    • 24. Livable Omaha
      Health Concerns More people in the U.S. die each year from air pollution than from firearms, STDs, and illegal drug use combined
    • 25. Livable Omaha
      Health Concerns Per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. is almost 10 times larger than in 1950
    • 26. Vehicular Mobility Priority
    • 27. Livable Omaha
      Health Concerns Living in car-dependent neighborhoods reduces life expectancy by 4 years
    • 28. Livable Omaha
      Health Concerns Each hour spent driving each day corresponds to a 6% increased risk for obesity
    • 29. Livable Omaha
      Social Concerns The disabled, poor, and elderly have difficulty participating in society because of the requirement to drive, and preference given to drivers
    • 30. Vehicular Mobility Priority
    • 31. Livable Omaha
      Financial ConcernsCar-dependent neighborhoods are expensive to build and maintain
    • 32. Livable Omaha
      Financial ConcernsCar-dependent neighborhoods on average cost cities $1.16 for every $1 in tax revenue they generate
    • 33. Livable Omaha
      Financial ConcernsOf the 180 street and highway improvements identified by MAPA that need to occur by 2030, less than 10 are in Omaha, east of 72nd Street
    • 34. Livable Omaha
      Financial ConcernsIn 2002, Omaha spent $179 per person on road construction and maintenance – compared to $29.52 per person on public transit
    • 35. Vehicular Mobility Priority
      8 lanes = 100 ft of pavement
      144th and W. Center
      156th and Maple
      76th and Cass
      84th and W. Center
    • 36. Livable Omaha
      Financial Concerns“Free” parking costs $5 per day, per driver – costs that are passed down to everyone
    • 37. Livable Omaha
      The Solution:Livable StreetsLivable NeighborhoodsLivable Omaha
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      Maximum number of cars on a street = capacity
      Distribution of people served by these cars
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      3
      Same number of people on a bus
      Same number of people on a pedestrian and bicycle friendly street
    • 39. Livable Omaha
      Financial SolutionsFor every $1 invested in public transportation, $5 is generated in economic returns
    • 40. Livable Omaha
      Financial SolutionsSpending on transit generates more jobs than spending on highways
    • 41. Livable Omaha
      Financial SolutionsHouseholds can save as much as $8,000 per year by living with one less car
    • 42. Livable Omaha
      Health SolutionsAmericans who ride mass transit walk an average of 19 minutes per day (compared to 6 minutes per day by car drivers)
    • 43. Livable Omaha
      Health SolutionsResidents of “transit intensive” neighborhoods exercise more often, have longer life expectancies, and are healthier than residents of car-dependent neighborhoods
    • 44. Livable Omaha
      Social Solutions 83% of the elderly say public transit provides easy access to things needed for everyday life
    • 45. Livable Omaha
      Social SolutionsA 2009 survey showed that 92% of Young Professionals in Omaha want improved public transportation options
    • 46. Livable Omaha
      The Solution:Make streets “public” space once again
    • 47. Livable Omaha
      Which would you prefer?
    • 48. Images from www.completestreets.org
    • 49. Images from www.completestreets.org
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    • 52. E14th Corridor - San Leandro, CA Source: Community, Design + Architecture
    • 53. E14th Corridor - San Leandro, CA Source: Community, Design + Architecture
    • 54. E14th Corridor - San Leandro, CA Source: Community, Design + Architecture
    • 55. Dover Kohl and Partners
      Johnson City, Tennessee
      COMPONENTS OF AN URBAN STREETSCAPE
    • 56. Dover Kohl and Partners
      Johnson City, Tennessee
      COMPONENTS OF AN URBAN STREETSCAPE
    • 57. Dover Kohl and Partners
      Johnson City, Tennessee
      COMPONENTS OF AN URBAN STREETSCAPE
    • 58. Dover Kohl and Partners
      Johnson City, Tennessee
      COMPONENTS OF AN URBAN STREETSCAPE
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    • 67. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?Feedback stage for MAPA’s 5-year plan
    • 68. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?Metro (MAT) improvements – 32 new buses, WiFi (soon) at transit centers, bike racks on ALL buses
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    • 70. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?Newly hired Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Omaha
    • 71. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?New 20-mile Midtown bike loop, connecting Benson, Dundee, & UNO with Keystone, Downtown, & Midtown
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    • 73. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?Upcoming 30-year transportation plan by the City Planning Department
    • 74. Livable Omaha
      What’s going on in Omaha?Active efforts by Omaha By Design, Activate Omaha, Young Professionals Council, and others rethink transportation in the city
    • 75. Livable Omaha
      An Initiative of the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Transportation Committee