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Houston Neighborhood Greenways Proposal by Jay Blazek Crossley

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Houston Neighborhood Greenways Proposal by Jay Blazek Crossley

  1. 1. Neighborhood Greenways for Houston 85% connected by 2020 Jay Blazek Crossley Houston Tomorrow Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Livable Houston Initiative at H-GAC
  2. 2. is an independent nonprofitis an independent nonprofit organization that works toorganization that works to improve the quality of lifeimprove the quality of life for all the peoplefor all the people of the Houston region throughof the Houston region through research, education, and discussion.research, education, and discussion. Quality of life.Quality of life.
  3. 3. 4 Houston Tomorrow’s 2036 VisionHouston Tomorrow’s 2036 Vision On its 200th birthday, theOn its 200th birthday, the Houston region is home to theHouston region is home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperoushealthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States.people in the United States.
  4. 4. Obesity Falls with Increased Walking and Cycling Pucher, J., Buehler, R., Bassett, D., Dannenberg, A. 2010. “Walking and Cycling to Health: Recent Evidence from City, State, and International Comparisons,” American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 100, No. 10, pp. 1986-1992.
  5. 5. 25% 27% 30% 55% 49% 56% 52% 53% 56% 60% 49% 56% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% USA UK Canada Denmark Germany Netherlands Percentoftripsbywomen Cycling Walking Women’s Share of Bike and Walk Trips in Europe and North America Source: Pucher and Buehler (eds.), City Cycling. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press,
  6. 6. Photo Susan Handy
  7. 7. 15 11 12 10 9 32 24 20 20 21 31 17 19 22 30 31 19 18 13 13 13 18 21 24 23 19 21 28 3 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.5 2 2 2 1 1 15 7 7 9 10 10 32 20 14 14 15 15 15 40 25 21 22 23 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 5-15 16-24 25-39 40-65 65+ 0-16 17-29 30-59 60-65 65+ 0-17 18-25 26-45 46-60 60-65 65+ 10-19' 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-84 0-17 18-25 26-44 45-64 65+ Percentoftripsbyfootandbike AgeGroup Walking Cycling USA Germany Denmark NetherlandsUK Bike and Walk Share of Trips by Age Group Source: Pucher and Buehler (eds.), City Cycling. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press,
  8. 8. Less Time on the Road How the region would spend $100 to improve the region’s transportation system
  9. 9. 26 Low-income workers are least likely to travel by single occupant vehicle 67% 69% 74% 81% 84% 84% 85% 84% 17% 18% 17% 12% 10% 9% 8% 7% 4% 4% 3%3% 3% 5% 4% 3% 2% 2% 3% 3% 4% Less than $10,000 $10,000 to $14,999 $15,000 to $24,999 $25,000 to $34,999 $35,000 to $49,999 $50,000 to $64,999 $65,000 to $74,999 More than $75,000 Worked at home Other Walked Public Trans Auto-carpool Auto-alone Means of Transportation to Work by Annual Earnings, 2006-2010
  10. 10. Pedestrian Safety Challenges for Communities of Color and Seniors 27
  11. 11. Portland’s Bike Boulevards become Neighborhood Greenways At this point in the presentation, we watched a streetsfilms video about Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways program. You can watch It here: http://vimeo.com/16552771
  12. 12. Convenient bike cut-thru for cyclists Foto by Peter Berkeley
  13. 13. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways “Formed in August 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are a rapidly growing volunteer coalition to plan and advocate for safe and comfortable streets connecting us to the places we use, whether we walk, drive, ride a bike, push a stroller, or move by wheelchair.” seattlegreenways.org
  14. 14. Dallas Complete Streets Guidelines - Current: Bicycle Boulevards Description Bicycle boulevards (also called “Neighborhood Greenways”) are streets with low motor vehicle speeds that are designed to allow bicyclists to travel comfortably in a low-stress environment. Bicycle boulevards often give priority to bicycle use and discourage through traffic by motor vehicles. Ideally, they are designed to minimize the number of stops that a bicyclist must make along the route. Separated bicycle facilities (i.e. bike lanes) are not necessary on bicycle boulevards because motor vehicle speeds and traffic volumes are low. Bicycle boulevards are typically designated by special wayfinding signs and pavement symbols.
  15. 15. Dallas Complete Streets Guidelines - Current: Bicycle Boulevards Application • Bicycle boulevards are usually more feasible in neighborhoods with a gridded street network (one street is chosen as the bicycle boulevard), but can also be accomplished by combining a series of road and trail segments to form one continuous route. • At major street crossings, bicycle boulevards may need additional crossing measures for bicyclists, such as quick-response traffic signals with bicycle-sensitive loop detectors, crossing beacons, median refuge islands, and/or curb extensions. • Traffic calming measures can be used to maintain low speeds (20 mph or less) on bicycle boulevards.
  16. 16. Dallas Complete Streets Guidelines - Current: Bicycle Boulevards Considerations • Ideally, bicycle boulevards should not carry more than 1,000 motor vehicles per day to be compatible with bicycling. Diverters and other traffic management devices are typically used to discourage motor vehicle through-traffic while still enabling local traffic access to the street. • Bicycle boulevards should be long enough to provide connectivity between neighborhoods and common destinations.
  17. 17. Current and Expected Growth in Population and Jobs by Sectors Data: H-GAC 2035 Regional Forecasts
  18. 18. 2005 Activity Intensity with the 2012 light rail system
  19. 19. 2035 Activity Intensity with the 2012 light rail system
  20. 20. Síclovía in San Antonio
  21. 21. Thank you! Jay Blazek Crossley jay.crossley@houstontomorrow.org

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