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Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly
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Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly

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This was a presentation I gave in my Urban Planning graduate course.

This was a presentation I gave in my Urban Planning graduate course.

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  • 1. Making the City of Wyoming Bicycle Friendly Matt Wetherell
  • 2. Outline <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>What does it take to be a Bicycle Friendly Community? </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation </li></ul>
  • 3. Background
  • 4. Background on Wyoming <ul><li>Suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Population over 70,000 </li></ul><ul><li>24.5 square miles </li></ul>
  • 5. Background <ul><li>Consideration to become a Bicycle Friendly Community </li></ul><ul><li>Number of people who use bikes as their primary mode of transportation increased between 2000-2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>43% nationwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even larger growth in Michigan – 103.35% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wyoming has numerous bike trails </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kent Trails – 15 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M-6 Trail – 9 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No easy bicycle travel in the heart of the city </li></ul><ul><li>City’s Bicycle Plan calls for improving bike access to the City’s destinations </li></ul>
  • 6.
  • 7. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)?
  • 8. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Award given by League of American Bicyclists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FREE online application which analyzes five key elements of the city’s bicycle plan: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encouragement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enforcement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation/planning </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 9. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current and planned infrastructure of the city </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle trails </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle lanes or shoulders on major roads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to transit stops </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 10. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What the city does to educate bicyclists and car drivers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informational pamphlets </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classes for riders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  • 11. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Encouragement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding bicycle signage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing maps of trails and preferred bike routes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting the use of bicycles </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 12. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting the rights of riders to be on the streets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Protecting riders from reckless drivers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring riders are following the rules of the road </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 13. What does it take to become a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)? <ul><ul><li>Evaluation/Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Long term plan on how to improve the bicycle system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>City collects and analyzes bicycle-related data </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 14. Difficulties
  • 15. Difficulties <ul><ul><li>To attain recognition as a BFC Wyoming will have to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for bike-friendly roads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop bike routes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Add signage </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Justify spending </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding ordinances defining bike lanes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 16. Difficulties <ul><li>Plan for bike-friendly roads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop “skinny roads” or add bike lanes on principal arterial roads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$5,000 – 50,000 per mile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible public backlash when doing a “Road Diet” </li></ul></ul>Principal Arterial Roads
  • 17. Difficulties <ul><li>Develop bike routes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add signage </li></ul></ul>
  • 18. Difficulties <ul><li>Justify spending </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently less than 1% of Wyoming commutes by bike </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add ordinances that define bike lane width </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 feet </li></ul></ul>
  • 19. Funding
  • 20. Funding <ul><li>Kent County municipalities are not eligible for state-level CDBG </li></ul><ul><li>Can utilize: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HUD CDBG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michigan DOT grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Route to School Grant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation Enhancement Program Grant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Section 402 Grant from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration </li></ul></ul>
  • 21. Benefits
  • 22. Benefits <ul><li>Green – Environment and Money </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/bikeway_planning/biketowork/images/bike_to_work_calculator.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduced dependency on auto </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can help address two major problems outlined in Master Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic Congestion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic Accidents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing the City </li></ul>
  • 23. Recommendation
  • 24. Recommendation <ul><ul><li>Based on the benefits and ample funding sources available noted in this report, I recommend the City plans for and adds bicycle lanes to Wyoming’s principal arterial roads, develops bicycle route and safety education documents, and begins the Bicycle Friendly Community Application process. </li></ul></ul>
  • 25. Questions?

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