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Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenan

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Title: Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance
Track: Connect
Format: 90 minute moderated discussion
Abstract: This panel will explore the challenges of providing good pedestrian and bicycle access year-round in cold climate cities. The panel will address current best practices, agency perspectives on winter maintenance, and tough questions about who should be responsible for maintaining sidewalks and bikeways and to what level of service.
Presenters:
Presenter: Ciara Schlichting, AICP Toole Design Group
Co-Presenter: Becka Roolf Salt Lake City Transportation Division
Co-Presenter: Steve Sanders University of Minnesota

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Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenan

  1. 1. Photo: http://mnprairieroots.com/ Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Ciara Schlichting, AICP Toole Design Group - Minneapolis, MN @tooledesign
  2. 2. Why Winter Maintenance? Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Photo: www.nydailynews.com
  3. 3. Why Winter Maintenance? Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Illustration: Jack Maypole
  4. 4. Why Winter Maintenance? Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  5. 5. Why Winter Maintenance? Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  6. 6. Why Winter Maintenance? Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  7. 7. Challenges to Winter Maintenance Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Dan Wasserman, The Boston Globe
  8. 8. Challenges to Winter Maintenance Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  9. 9. Challenges to Winter Maintenance Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  10. 10. http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ ped_bike/tools_solve/fhwasa13037/research_report/ Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  11. 11. Removing snow and ice should be thought of as a community responsibility that covers the entire public right-of-way. Effective snow and ice removal program Timeframe and responsibilities Prioritization Outreach and compliance Reporting Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance
  12. 12. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Timeframes & Responsibilities Who is responsible for maintaining pedestrian facilities? What facilities need to be maintained, by when? Photo: http://mnprairieroots.com/
  13. 13. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Timeframes & Responsibilities Source: City of Burlington, VT Citywide public snow clearance of all streets/sidewalks: •Higher cost to city •More consistent/uniform level of snow removal = increased pedestrian confidence •Clear curb ramps and medians at the same time
  14. 14. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Prioritization Develop a timeline for snow and ice removal and a list of priority areas. Source: University of Albany, Snow Response Guide
  15. 15. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Outreach & Compliance How should property owners be educated and encouraged to comply? How should programs and policies be enforced?
  16. 16. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Problem Reporting Develop programs to easily report maintenance problems via various media.
  17. 17. Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Shared Use Paths Treated differently than sidewalks.
  18. 18. Most equitable means of removing snow and ice from pedestrian facilities is to have a community sponsored program. Shift the responsibility away from the adjacent property. Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking – Tackling Winter Maintenance Photo: Simon Law

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