Happy Trails to You: Developing the Dallas Trail Safety and Awareness Campaign


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Happy Trails to You: Developing the Dallas Trail Safety and Awareness Campaign, presented by Jared White and Michael Hellmann at the 2012 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 1-3.

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Happy Trails to You: Developing the Dallas Trail Safety and Awareness Campaign

  1. 1. Happy Trails to You! Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference February 2, 2012Michael Hellmann Jared White, AICPManager, Park Planning and Acquisition Project CoordinatorCity of Dallas City of DallasPark and Recreation Department Park and Recreation Department
  2. 2. City of Dallas Trail Network Master Planp  Current Trail System n  Existing: 111 Miles n  Funded: 21 Miles n  Planned: 152 Miles n  Total: 284 Miles 2
  3. 3. Trail Safety Initiativesp  As trail usage has increased, so has the need for emergency response and trail etiquette awareness: n  Improper behavior n  Accidents and/or injuries n  Crimes 3
  5. 5. Trail Emergency Locator Systemp  Addressing Trails n  Most of the major linear trails are in railway and utility easements, with limited street access 5
  6. 6. Addressing Trailsp  It was proposed that unique 911 Pole Markers be installed n  Problem: p  The 911 dispatch center uses a Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system that also requires addresses to which emergency apparatuses can be sentp  It was imperative that the 911 Pole Markers: n  Could be seen from any location on the trail n  Would be the same on every trail throughout the network n  Could be purchased within current budget allocations 6
  7. 7. Addressing Trailsp  The solution was to find a way to assign addresses to the Pole Markers n  Each trail would be given initials to specify which trail p  Example: Katy Trail = KT n  Each pole marker would have an individual number 7
  8. 8. Addressing Trailsp  Dallas Fire-Rescue n  Uses ArcGIS to plot the points along the trail n  Using ArcGIS georeferencing capabilities, DFR adds lat/long coordinates to the attribute table n  Writes preliminary caution notes to go with the points, to be verified once the poles were in the ground 8
  9. 9. Addressing Trails 9 9
  10. 10. Addressing Trailsp  By assigning addresses to each pole, CAD is able to dispatch to the coinciding address when the pole number is enteredp  Caution Notes are then added to each of these linked dispatching coordinates n  The Caution Notes are transmitted to the Mobile Data Computers (MDC) on the emergency vehicles n  The Caution Notes supplies directions along the trail to enable emergency crews to locate the pole and thus locate the emergency 10
  11. 11. Katy Trail Caution Notes Post Access Point Caution 124 Harvard Ave Nothing larger than a rescue allowed and head north on trail. Rescues enter at 3198 Harvard Ave, go NE 1.6 mile. Foot access from alley west of trail. Alley access at 3198 Harvard Ave. go NE. Bollards must be removed and returned at access point. 101 All Star Way Nothing larger than a rescue allowed and head north on trail. Rescues enter the Katy Trail from 2740 N Houston St. north of All Star Way, go NW 1.4 mile. Bollards must be removed and returned at access point. 11
  12. 12. Final Installationp  DFR confirms the accuracy of the caution notes n  Rewrites as necessary n  Enters data into CADp  Testruns made to reduce confusionp  911 signs attached to poles 12
  13. 13. Prioritizing Trailsp  Trails With Signs n  Katy Trail n  White Rock Lake Trail n  White Rock Creek Trail n  Bachman Lake Trail (underway)p  Trails Requiring Signs n  Cottonwood Creek Trail n  Kiest Park Trail n  Northaven Trail n  Preston Ridge Trail n  Santa Fe Trail n  Trinity Forest Trail 13
  14. 14. Prioritizing Trails p  Ranking Criteria n  Remoteness/Visibility n  Volume of Use n  AccessNumerical score assigned based onthe trail’s degree of remoteness/visibility, level of use, andaccessibility from the neareststreet(s). 14
  15. 15. Next Stepsp  Sign installation process underway for the Bachman Lake Trailp  Install system on all existing major trailsp  Work with adjacent cities which will have trail connectionsp  Look at modifying this system to work in large parks for identifying areas within the park 15
  16. 16. A Regional Standard 16
  18. 18. Trail Safety Initiativesp  In response to increasing rates of incidents a trail safety action plan was developed. n  Immediate Action n  Intermediate Action n  On-Going and Long Term Action 18
  19. 19. Trail Safety Initiativesp  Immediate Action – Items that have been implemented or are in the process of implementation n  Increase police presence n  Implement trail/street crossing improvements n  Update trail safety guidelines n  Promote outreach activities n  Establish the Dallas Trail Safety Advisory Committee 19
  20. 20. Trail Safety Initiatives – Public Outreach Park(ing) Day September 16, 2011Katy Trail Safety Awareness DriveOctober 20, 2010 20
  21. 21. Trail Safety Initiatives – TSACp  Trail Safety Advisory Committee established to develop consensus on appropriateness and feasibility of various ideas on improving trail safetyp  Discussion topics include: n  Facility design standards n  User behavior and concerns n  Regulation and enforcement n  Pertinent City codes and ordinances 21
  22. 22. Trail Safety Initiatives – TSACp  Key stakeholder groups represented: n  Friends of the Katy Trail n  Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail n  Friends of the Preston Ridge Trail n  Friends of the Santa Fe Trail n  Friends of Kiest Trails n  Bike DFW n  Dallas Running Club 22
  23. 23. Trail Safety Initiativesp  Intermediate Action – Items currently in the planning phases, to be implemented in the near future n  Launch advertising campaign to promote proper trail use and safety n  Implement consistent/standardized traffic control and safety treatments at all operational trail/street crossings n  Re-stripe faded striping as needed 23
  24. 24. Happy Trails Program – New Trail Signsp  New sign types developed to convey trail etiquette messages 24
  25. 25. Happy Trails Program – New Trail Signsp  Nearly 100 “Happy Trail” signs installed on all major trails with full installation now underway p  Bachman Lake Trail p  Cottonwood Creek Trail p  Katy Trail p  Kiest Park Trail p  Preston Ridge Trail p  Santa Fe Trail p  White Rock Lake Trail p  White Rock Creek Greenbelt Trail 25
  26. 26. Trail Safety Initiatives – Happy Trailsp  Launch a dynamic advertising campaign to promote proper trail use and safety Happy Trails to You! “It’s the way you ride the trail that counts…” happytrailsdallas.com 26
  27. 27. Happy Trails Program – Social Media facebook.com/DallasTrails twitter.com/dallastrails foursquare.com/dallastrails 27
  28. 28. Public Service Announcement 28
  29. 29. Public Service Announcement 29
  30. 30. Public Service Announcement 30
  31. 31. Trail Safety Initiativesp  On-Going and Long Term Action – Items with long time horizons and/or requires significant budgetary needs for complete implementation: n  Continue implementation of the Dallas Trail Network Plan n  Continue implementation of the 911 locator sign program for all major trails n  Begin implementation of the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan 31
  32. 32. www.happytrailsdallas.comwww.facebook.com/DallasTrails 32