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Presentation at 2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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  1. 1. Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition Better Bicycling for Massachusetts Since 1977
  2. 2. Agenda What’s Happening in Massachusetts Funding for Bike/Ped Projects Active Transportation at the Local Level Effective Advocacy Biking and Economic Development Biking and Transit
  3. 3. MassBike is… • The voice for Massachusetts bicyclists on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. • Improving bikeability in communities across Massachusetts. • Advocacy for funding and laws that protect vulnerable road users. • Safety, education, and awareness for all road users. • Supported by individual and business memberships.
  4. 4. What’s Happening in Massachusetts MassDOT’s Bay State Greenway A proposed seven-corridor, 788-mile network of bicycle routes that comprise both off-road and on-road bicycle facilities. This corridor network will also be supported by secondary on- and off-road routes. Source: ortation/BayStateGreenway.aspx
  5. 5. Bay State Greenway Priority 100 According to MassDOT: The BSG Priority 100 (BSG 100) comprises key shared use path projects that will increase the existing BSG by approximately 100 miles. The focus of the BSG 100 is on making additional connections to urban centers, extending existing paths, and maximizing the transportation utility of the network. Source: OT/BikeTransportation/BayStateGreenwa y.aspx
  6. 6. Statewide Network Plan Example: Bay State Greenway Network
  7. 7. Local Network Plan Example: Boston Bike Network Master Plan
  8. 8. Funding for Biking Transportation Bond Bill Victory Thanks to advocacy on the part of MassBike and partner organizations, $377 million in funding was authorized for bicycle and pedestrian facilities over the coming 5 years.
  9. 9. Funding for Biking MassDOT’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP) proposed $130 million budgeted for bike and pedestrian facilities. From MassDOT Press Release: PATRICK ADMINISTRATION RELEASES HISTORIC FIVE-YEAR TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL INVESTMENT PLAN $12.4 billion program supports infrastructure projects that will create growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth BOSTON- Friday, January 10, 2014- The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today released the first draft five-year MassDOT Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for FY2014-FY2018. The $12.4 billion program makes long-term investments that will create growth and opportunity for residents across the Commonwealth and represents the first unified, multi-modal capital investment plan covering all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities.
  10. 10. Active Transportation at Local Level • “Low-hanging” fruit. • Connectivity & Mobility • Embed bike/ped thinking • Context Matters: Urban/Suburban/Rural • MassBike works to build capacity in communities across MA through our Bikeable Communities Program.New bike lanes on Lowell’s Fr. Morissette Blvd
  11. 11. Effective Advocacy • Engage community partners • External partners (like MassBike) can support local goals. • MassBike’s “Shifting Gears” is a guidebook for advocates looking to start or advance the biking conversation in their community.
  12. 12. Biking and Economic Development According to NYC’s Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets Study: Street projects that improve safety and design and that welcome pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders see higher retail sales. For example, Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue saw a doubling in retail sales in the three years following installation of bicycle lanes and a tree-lined median, significantly outperforming boroughwide and city-wide trends.
  13. 13. Biking and Economic Development From NYC’s Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets Study:
  14. 14. Biking and Economic Development According to Advocacy Advance’s Report “Bicycling Means Business: The Economic Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure”: “Today bicycling manufacturing is a $6 billion national industry. But the economic benefits associated with riding extend far beyond that number. The nation’s 60 million annual recreational bicyclists spend $46.9 billion on meals, transportation, lodging, gifts and entertainment. One study estimates that the spill-over effects of all bicycling-related activities could be as large as $133 billion, supporting 1.1 million jobs and generating $17.7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.” Source:
  15. 15. Biking and Transit • Bike parking at stations and destinations. • Access for bikes on transit vehicles. • Minimize or eliminate time-based restrictions to access. • Training transit employees on bike safety and interacting with bicyclists, both on the roadways and in their vehicles.
  16. 16. David’s contact info David Watson, Executive Director 617-542-2453