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Innovative Bicycle Facilities for Roswell, Georgia


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This presentation will review the challenges and opportunities to implement bicycle facilities and treatements in Georgia's first and only Bicycle Friendly Community.

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Innovative Bicycle Facilities for Roswell, Georgia

  1. 1. ProWalk/ProBike Conference - Chattanooga September 13-17, 2010 Bicycling and Walking in Roswell, Georgia Presented by: Steve Acenbrak, P.E., LEED AP Director of Transportation, City of Roswell 770.594.6420 /
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Steve Acenbrak, P.E., LEED AP </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Transportation, City of Roswell </li></ul><ul><li>6 years as Transportation Director for City of Roswell, Responsible for a $25 million CIP - roadway, bridges, intersections, drainage and multi-modal projects, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>3 years as an engineering consultant with Pond and Company serving as Director of Transportation and Director of Civil Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>20 years as an officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performing engineering and public works functions in a variety of assignments worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate / Public Works Management / 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>MS / Civil Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>MA / Business Management </li></ul><ul><li>BS / Civil Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Accredited Professional </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Challenges in Roswell </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Status </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Projects </li></ul><ul><li>On the Horizon… </li></ul>Agenda
  4. 4. Atlanta Metro Area <ul><li>“ Capital of the South” </li></ul><ul><li>World’s Busiest Airport </li></ul><ul><li>Great Climate + Great Location = Popular and Growing </li></ul>18 counties
  5. 5. <ul><li>Located in metropolitan Atlanta’s northern suburbs </li></ul><ul><li>Over 150 years old </li></ul>Roswell: Bedroom Community Roswell ATLANTA
  6. 6. Positive Media Coverage “ Our favorite place to ride is in a town called Roswell…” July 26, 2010
  7. 7. <ul><li>Mill town </li></ul><ul><li>Three antebellum homes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smith Plantation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bullock Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Barrington Hall </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Canton Street </li></ul>Historic Past
  8. 8. <ul><li>Narrow Right-of-Way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to add bicycle lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sidewalks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-use paths </li></ul></ul>Historic Past
  9. 9. <ul><li>Suburban community </li></ul><ul><li>90-100K population </li></ul><ul><li>About 2/3 residential, 1/3 commercial </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Car-focused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited bicycle commuter options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cycling, road and mountain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Running/jogging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rafting/rowing on the river </li></ul></ul></ul>Demographics
  10. 10. <ul><li>Two types of rivers create challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chattahoochee River (water) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SR 9, 92, 120, 140 (asphalt) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-lane, high speed state highways that are difficult to cross </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rolling hills </li></ul><ul><li>City Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convergence of five state routes </li></ul></ul>Geography
  11. 11. Only a few areas to access the river along nearly 130 miles Chattahoochee River <ul><li>Popular destination…. </li></ul><ul><li>… .but limited access </li></ul>
  12. 12. Status <ul><li>The first and currently the only Bicycle Friendly Community in Georgia (159 counties, 722 cities) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bronze level </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial Award: 2005 </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Complete Streets </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulders </li></ul><ul><li>Travel lanes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>10-foot lanes for <35 MPH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11-foot lanes for >35 MPH </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repaving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20-year cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restriping </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reconstruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foam-injected asphalt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cement Stabilization </li></ul></ul>Bicycle-Friendly Policies
  14. 14. <ul><li>Bicycle shoulders </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle lanes </li></ul>Solutions
  15. 15. <ul><li>Multi-Use paths </li></ul><ul><li>“ Share-The-Road” signing </li></ul>Solutions (continued)
  16. 16. <ul><li>Sharrows </li></ul><ul><li>Bike Boxes </li></ul>Solutions (continued)
  17. 17. <ul><li>Bike Roswell! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RAMBO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mountain bicycle advocacy </li></ul></ul>Solutions (continued)
  18. 18. <ul><li>Roswell “R” bicycle racks </li></ul>Solutions (continued)
  19. 19. <ul><li>Today’s Network… </li></ul><ul><li>Roswell has 178 miles of sidewalk facilities covering about 48% of the City’s roadways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City Policies aim to put sidewalks within ½ mile of a school, park of transit route </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Roswell has 43.5 miles of bicycle facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11.9 miles of marked bicycle lanes (width: >4 feet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25.4 miles of bicycle shoulders (width: 2-4 feet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6.2 miles of paved shoulders (width: 0.5-2 feet) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the Transportation Master Plan… </li></ul><ul><li>22 miles of new Sidewalk facilities </li></ul><ul><li>50 miles of new Multi-Use trails </li></ul><ul><li>16 miles of new Bicycle facilities </li></ul>Summary Data
  20. 20. Local Connections <ul><li>Proposed connections to all major City parks </li></ul><ul><li>Connects nearly all schools </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 5% in place today (although unsigned) </li></ul>The Roswell Loop
  21. 21. Regional Connections 22 miles to Atlanta Beltline 17.5 miles to Silver Comet Trail
  22. 22. National Connections Roswell
  23. 23. Recent Projects
  24. 24. Grimes Bridge Road at Oxbo Road Bridge Replacement, before
  25. 25. Grimes Bridge Road at Oxbo Road Bridge Replacement, after
  26. 26. Hembree Road Bridge Replacement, before
  27. 27. Hembree Road Bridge Replacement, after
  28. 28. Old Roswell Road (now Westside Parkway) Bridge Replacement, before
  29. 29. Old Roswell Road (now Westside Parkway) Bridge Replacement, after
  30. 30. Steeplechase-Fouts Multi-use Trail, before
  31. 31. Steeplechase-Fouts Multi-use Trail, after
  32. 32. Mimosa Boulevard Extension, before
  33. 33. Mimosa Boulevard Extension, after
  34. 34. <ul><li>Covered Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Other Pedestrian Bridges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vickery Creek near Riverside Road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Creek along Old Holcomb Bridge Road </li></ul></ul>Pedestrian
  35. 35. <ul><li>Holcomb Bridge Road Sidewalks (ARRA-funded) </li></ul>Pedestrian (continued)
  36. 36. <ul><li>Grimes Bridge-Warsaw-Norcross Roundabout </li></ul><ul><li>SR 9 Pedestrian Connection over Chattahoochee River </li></ul>In the Works
  37. 37. <ul><li>Transit Enhancements (MARTA Offset Funds) </li></ul>In the Works (continued)
  38. 38. <ul><li>Bicycle Education (through Bike Roswell!) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More sharrows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More shoulders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More multi-use trails </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More bike boxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More connections </li></ul></ul>In the Works (continued)
  39. 39. <ul><li>The Woodstock Road Story </li></ul><ul><li>The Willeo Road Story </li></ul><ul><li>The Old Alabama Road CMAQ Story </li></ul><ul><li>The Azalea Drive TE Project Story </li></ul><ul><li>The Hardscrabble Road Reconstruction Study </li></ul>What We Missed… Old Alabama Road Multi-Use Trail
  40. 40. Other Challenges <ul><li>Hate mail to the Mayor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Too many bicycles on the road! They slow me down!” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Group rides don’t stop at STOP signs in my neighborhood!” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recently… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bicycle accidents </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Summary and Conclusion Thank you! Presented by: Steve Acenbrak, P.E., LEED AP Director of Transportation, City of Roswell 770.594.6420 / <ul><li>Wrap Up </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
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