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Transit and Pedestrian Safety - 2014 Public Transportation & Universities Conference

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Providing safety and security on campuses has been a major selling point for expanding transit services on university campuses. University officials, student campus organizations and transit service providers have established a wide range of services. There are varying views and perspectives on the need for these services and making the ride safe is the key priority. How do you successfully incorporate best practices , procedures and programs that truly result in making the ride and service safe?

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Transit and Pedestrian Safety - 2014 Public Transportation & Universities Conference

  1. 1. Transit and Pedestrian Safety Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Transportation Planning Consultant Urbana, IL
  2. 2. MTD…..Leading the way to greaterMTD…..Leading the way to greater mobilitymobility • MTD will encourage the use of alternative (active) transportation services to promote mobility in our community. • First and last mile of transit trips - riders are pedestrians and/or cyclists. • Safe, convenient and well designed infrastructure is necessary for mode shift
  3. 3. COMMUNITY OVERVIEWCOMMUNITY OVERVIEW
  4. 4. Over 30% of Urbana Residents Walk,Over 30% of Urbana Residents Walk, Bike, or Ride Bus for Trips to WorkBike, or Ride Bus for Trips to Work American Community Survey 2008-2012 data
  5. 5. C-U Trips to Work Increasingly ActiveC-U Trips to Work Increasingly Active ModesModes (U.S. Census & ACS) Transport Mode Public Transit Bicycle Walking 2000 Census 6.8% 2.5% 11.6% 2010 ACS 7.3% 3.6% 13.1% 2011 ACS 9.1% 3.5% 13.0% 5
  6. 6. Community Characteristics 145,000 population 44,520 U of I students 12,897 U of I employees
  7. 7. PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLISTPEDESTRIAN & BICYCLIST SAFETYSAFETY
  8. 8. Streets are inadequateStreets are inadequate Traffic jams on arterials Too many crashes
  9. 9. Streets are inadequateStreets are inadequate No sidewalks make it too dangerous to cross on foot
  10. 10. Streets are inadequateStreets are inadequate Uninviting for bus riders
  11. 11. Streets are inadequateStreets are inadequate No room for people!
  12. 12. Higher speeds  increases chance of injury & death Speed MattersSpeed Matters
  13. 13. 13 Wide Roads Increase Vehicle SpeedWide Roads Increase Vehicle Speed • Speed increases crash severity for all users • Over 35 MPH reduces roadway capacity
  14. 14. HOW HAVE WE INCREASED SAFETY IN C-U?
  15. 15. 15 We know how to build rightWe know how to build right
  16. 16. We Have to Advocate for CompleteComplete Streets PoliciesStreets Policies Complete Streets ensure that the entire right-of- way is designed for all users 16 What are Complete Streets?
  17. 17. 17 US Access BoardUS Access Board Complete Streets policies provide forComplete Streets policies provide for ALL USERSALL USERS
  18. 18. CS changes the builtCS changes the built environmentenvironment
  19. 19. CS changes intersection designCS changes intersection design
  20. 20. Transit Stops = Ped CrossingTransit Stops = Ped Crossing 20
  21. 21. Successful Road DietsSuccessful Road Diets Four Lanes Two Lanes w/ center turn lanes, bike lanes, ped refuge island at bus stop
  22. 22. Pedestrian and Transit UpgradesPedestrian and Transit Upgrades Upgrading pedestrian infrastructure Upgrading transit infrastructure
  23. 23. Bike and Pedestrian ImprovementsBike and Pedestrian Improvements Bike lanes – calm traffic Pedestrian priority – ped scramble
  24. 24. Municipal and RegionalMunicipal and Regional PlansPlans Champaign Moving Forward Transportation Master Plan Urbana Bicycle Plan 24 Long Range Transportation Plan 2035
  25. 25. Community PartnershipsCommunity Partnerships Campus Area Transportation Study - first transportation study that all agencies worked together on to address campus area transportation problems starting in 2000. Three phases to date. 25 http://www.ccrpc.org/CATS/index.php
  26. 26. Current Transportation PlansCurrent Transportation Plans Sustainable Choices 2040- LRTP In progress 2012-2015 University District Traffic Circulation Study- In progress Transit has to be at the table!
  27. 27. High Frequency Network -High Frequency Network - ImplementedImplemented High frequency transit service between two downtowns , campus , and Country Fair = service every 10-15 minutes during academic year. Total network miles = 18
  28. 28. Coalitions and NetworksCoalitions and Networks 28
  29. 29. Get Public InputGet Public Input We Got Clear & Consistent MessagesWe Got Clear & Consistent Messages Improved bicycle infrastructure/routin g Better street lights Additional sidewalks Later evening service Additional direct routes along major arterials
  30. 30. SRTS Program – C-U SRTS ProjectSRTS Program – C-U SRTS Project www.cu-srtsproject.com
  31. 31. RESULTS
  32. 32. Safety ImpactsSafety Impacts
  33. 33. Still Work to Do
  34. 34. ConclusionConclusion
  35. 35. Pedestrian-Transit SafetyPedestrian-Transit Safety • Transit needs to advocate for safe roadway design • Provide input to local plans, processes, and designs • Advocate for Complete Streets policies, road diets, better design, change procedures • Partnerships are key!
  36. 36. Complete Streets = best practicesComplete Streets = best practices
  37. 37. Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP choyle@cumtd.com Questions?Questions? References: http://www.cumtd.com/about-us/publ www.ihavemiplan.com www.ccrpc.org/transportation www.cu-rtsproject.com http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/c

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