Why do you like them? Because they are nice spaces for people to meet…
….and move around in. They are pedestrian and bicycle friendly, providing for multi-modes of transportation.
Yet, most of Omahalooks like this because our transportation planning has focused on moving cars rather than moving people in the various ways they would like to get around…and this is the result.
If better transportation options were available, people in Omaha would use them….Survey summarized here: http://modeshiftomaha.org/2012/01/19/omaha-residents-view-of-transportation/
To create those options, we need to design “livable” streetswith more than just cars in mind. What is “safe” for cars, is often not safe for pedestrians, bicyclists or people in wheel chairs or other mobility devices.
But what is safe for pedestrians and bicyclists is also safer for cars.
If we keep designing roads for cars, we’ll get more and more of this, and with it, more and more health, social and fiscal problems.
Pre-natal exposure to air pollution is correlated with fetal demise, pre-term delivery, and low birth weight
Residents of sprawling neighborhoods (in Atlanta) 35% more likely to be obese than in compact neighborhoods, even when controlling for race, age, sex, and income.In 2009, over 62.3 percent of adults in Douglas County reported being overweight and/or obese, increasing the risk of heart disease, arthritis, stroke and diabetes.The estimated cost of diabetes in Congressional District 2 in Nebraska in 2006 was $253 million
27% of households earning <$20,000 do not have access to a car.
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.
The cost of road maintenance is averaged at 5.6 cents per mile per motor vehicle. Add the costs of parking (10 cents), crashes (8 cents), congestion (4 cents), and land costs and that’s another 28 cents per mile. Meanwhile, for slower, lighter, smaller bicycles, the costs add up to one cent per mile.
Omaha’s per capita funding of Metro ($29.52) ranks it 238th out of the 280 largest U.S. metro areas for public transit funding. Omaha has 1 mile of mass transit per capita compared to national average of 1.87; 4.3 for Denver, 4.2 for Minneapolis.
Better design space, which is what the new draft guidance in the Omaha Transportation Master Plan will do.
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.
Household savings—As much as $8,000 per year by owning one less car.
New research on cities in the upper Midwest showed that if inhabitants switched to bikes for half of their short trips, they would create a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs associated with better fitness and fewer mortalities from a decreased rate of car accidents.
One mile can be walked in about 15 minutes, or biked in about 5 minutes. 2/3 of all trips in the U.S. taken by car are less than 5 miles in distance (that’s only a 20-min bike ride).
Livable Omaha Think of the cities you like to visit – Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago
Vehicular Mobility Priority144th and W. Center 156th and Maple76th and Cass 84th and W. Center
Livable Omaha 2011 survey: 72: of residents favor increasing spending to expand and improve public transportation, sidewalks and bike lanes in Omaha 2009 survey: 92% of YPs in Omaha want improved public transportation options
Safety vs. Livability E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007
E. Dumbaugh, The Design of Safe Urban Roadsides: An Empirical Analysis, 2007