Bicycle friendly in DFW
How bike friendly programs can benefit
North Texas communities
Mansfield Rotary Club
October 26, 2...
What does “bike friendly”
mean?
 A bicycle friendly community welcomes
cyclists by providing safe accommodation
for cycli...
Benefits to communities
 Improved environment
 Reduced congestion
 Increase public safety
 Enhance recreational opport...
 Transportation
 Recreation
 Air quality
 Livable communities
 Habitat preservation
 Storm water management
4
Bike f...
 Bicycle tourism
 Fund raising rides and rallies
 Local bike industry contributes to
economy
5
Benefits to local econom...
 Home buyers want quality of life
 Businesses want quality of life for
employees
 Biking and walking facilities are str...
What’s involved?
 People with vision and commitment
 Community support
 A Bike Plan
 Adoption of Bike Plan into the
ci...
Shared-use paths
Photo: Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Pedestrians and cyclists use a shared path ...
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Bike lanes
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Cycle tracks
A bike lane physically separated from vehicle lanes and sidewalks
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Cycle tracks
A cycle track on 9th Avenue in New York City
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Shared lanes
Photo: Bike Pittsburgh
A shared lane arrow (sharrow)
Complete Streets Initiatives
 Complete streets are designed and operated to enable
safe access for all users.
◦ Pedestria...
Complete streets
photo by Dan Burden, Walkable & Livable Communities Institute
Main Street, Hamburg, New York
Welcoming to...
Complete streets
A multi-modal intersection
Easy negotiation of intersections - good striping, curbs, and signals
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Road diets
Road diets
Photo: Charmeck.org
Formerly a busy four-lane road, Charlotte, NC
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 Bike friendly policies and complete
streets initiatives improve the quality
of life in our communities
 When done prope...
 BikeDFW – www.bikedfw.org
 NCTCOG –
www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev
 Bike Texas – www.biketexas.org
 League of American ...
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  • This two-lane road accommodates motorized traffic and bicyclists who are comfortable sharing the lane. Pedestrians and cyclists are welcome on the shared use path that runs parallel to the road. Photo: Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
  • Hamburg, NY's main street is welcoming to all users. Wide sidewalks, curb extensions, and well-marked crosswalks help pedestrians travel to the various businesses along the street. On-street parking gives those traveling by car easy access. Colored pavement narrows the travel lane, keeping speeds at an appropriate level.
  • Cyclists on an off-road bike trail easily cross pedestrian and automobile areas thanks to good striping, curb cuts, and signals.
  • Before its road diet, Charlotte's East Boulevard was a four-lane, undivided road, that carried over 20,000 per day! Now, East Blvd--with its bike lanes, center turn lane, and curb ramps--is a complete street. Photo: Charmeck.org
  • Bike DFW

    1. 1. Bicycle friendly in DFW How bike friendly programs can benefit North Texas communities Mansfield Rotary Club October 26, 2010 Marc Mumby, President BikeDFW www.bikedfw.org
    2. 2. What does “bike friendly” mean?  A bicycle friendly community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation  Increased bicycling is part of a larger trend toward urban renewal and livable cities.  Bicyclists are an indicator of a healthy, vibrant community that offers improved quality of life for families 2
    3. 3. Benefits to communities  Improved environment  Reduced congestion  Increase public safety  Enhance recreational opportunities  Improve public health  Save city funds  It’s green 3
    4. 4.  Transportation  Recreation  Air quality  Livable communities  Habitat preservation  Storm water management 4 Bike facilities serve multiple objectives
    5. 5.  Bicycle tourism  Fund raising rides and rallies  Local bike industry contributes to economy 5 Benefits to local economies
    6. 6.  Home buyers want quality of life  Businesses want quality of life for employees  Biking and walking facilities are strong indicators for quality of life 6 Improved quality of life promotes economic development
    7. 7. What’s involved?  People with vision and commitment  Community support  A Bike Plan  Adoption of Bike Plan into the city Master Plan  Implementation 7
    8. 8. Shared-use paths Photo: Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute Pedestrians and cyclists use a shared path that parallels the road 8
    9. 9. 9 Bike lanes
    10. 10. 10 Cycle tracks A bike lane physically separated from vehicle lanes and sidewalks
    11. 11. 11 Cycle tracks A cycle track on 9th Avenue in New York City
    12. 12. 12 Shared lanes Photo: Bike Pittsburgh A shared lane arrow (sharrow)
    13. 13. Complete Streets Initiatives  Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. ◦ Pedestrians ◦ Bicyclists ◦ Motorists ◦ Transit riders  Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation toward building primarily for cars.  Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users.  Complete Streets policies adopted by 24 state governments 13
    14. 14. Complete streets photo by Dan Burden, Walkable & Livable Communities Institute Main Street, Hamburg, New York Welcoming to all users 14
    15. 15. Complete streets A multi-modal intersection Easy negotiation of intersections - good striping, curbs, and signals 15
    16. 16. 16 Road diets
    17. 17. Road diets Photo: Charmeck.org Formerly a busy four-lane road, Charlotte, NC 17
    18. 18.  Bike friendly policies and complete streets initiatives improve the quality of life in our communities  When done properly, bike facilities provide an economic benefit  Lots of options for bike-friendly facilities 18 Conclusions
    19. 19.  BikeDFW – www.bikedfw.org  NCTCOG – www.nctcog.org/trans/sustdev  Bike Texas – www.biketexas.org  League of American Bicyclists – www.bikeleague.org  Complete Streets Coalition – www.completestreets.org  Rails to Trails Conservancy – www.railtrails.org 19 Resources

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