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RV 2014: Can We Get There from Here? First and Last Miles by Genevieve Hutchison

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Can We Get There from Here? First and Last Miles AICP CM 1.5

Pasadena, Charlotte and Boulder have all gotten creative to connect their first and last miles. Learn how as we explore what's often the last piece of the transportation puzzle. See how bicycle and pedestrian improvements can provide access to busy corridors and enable everyone to start and complete their trips. First and last miles can take many forms: Investigate a range of solutions here.

Moderator: Dylan Jones, Architect, Gensler, Los Angeles, California
Carlos Hernandez, AICP, Principal, Fox Tuttle Transportation Group, Boulder, Colorado
Dan Gallagher, AICP, Transportation Planning Manager, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte, North Carolina
Whitney Pitkanen, Senior Project Manager, CALSTART, Pasadena, California
Genevieve Hutchison, Senior Transportation Planner/Bicycle Program Coordinator, Denver, Colorado

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RV 2014: Can We Get There from Here? First and Last Miles by Genevieve Hutchison

  1. 1. Regional Transportation District Denver: First and Final Mile Challenges and Opportunities Genevieve Hutchison –RTD Senior Transportation Planner/Bicycle Program Coordinator RailVolution – September 22, 2014 1
  2. 2. Denver Regional Transportation District 2 • Regional taxing district operating transit in eight counties/40 municipalities • 2,340 sq. mile service area • 102 million annual boardings • Funded by 1% sales tax • 15-member elected Board • 132 fixed route bus services; 48 miles of light rail
  3. 3. FasTracks Program 3 • In 2004, Denver region voters passed a 0.4% tax increase to fund regional transit expansion – 93 miles of commuter rail – 28 miles light rail – 18 miles of bus rapid transit – Denver Union Station – About 50 new stations with 21,000 new parking spaces
  4. 4. US 36 Corridor: Denver-Boulder 4 • Bus Rapid Transit corridor set to open in 2016 • 18 miles between Denver Union Station in downtown Denver to Table Mesa Park-n-Ride in Boulder • Six stations
  5. 5. Customer Bike Access 5 • Customers accessing transit via bike: – Light rail: 1.7% – All bus services: 3.0% • Of patrons parking cars at Park-n-Rides: – Over 50% live or work within three miles of a transit stop or facility – About 16% live within two miles of a Park-n-Ride
  6. 6. US 36 Corridor: Denver-Boulder 6 • Bike-to-bus access in the US 36 corridor is higher than the region-wide 3% average – Boulder Local bus service: 4.7% – Boulder Regional bus service: 7.7% • In this corridor about 20% live within two miles of a Park-n-Ride
  7. 7. • System-wide counts show weekday bike-on-bus boardings are increasing – In 2013, about 4,500 summer weekday bike-on- bus boardings –136% increase between 2000 and 2013 • Bus routes serving Boulder seeing biggest increases 7 Bikes on Bus : Capacity vs. Demand
  8. 8. Bike Parking and Accessibility Plan • Define strategies to increase the number of transit patrons bicycling to and parking at RTD transit facilities – Facility Visits: Assess existing RTD-provided bike parking 8 and bicycle connectivity at transit facilities – Customer Survey: Discover customer preferences for and satisfaction with RTD bike parking – Research: Best practices in bike parking around the US
  9. 9. 1 mile buffer access map 9
  10. 10. Customer Survey Outcomes Need for secure bike parking (most important factor in deciding to ride to RTD stop or station) Need for bike lanes or trails (#2 and #4 most important factors in deciding to ride to RTD stop or station) Need to have bike to complete commute or take trips during day (84% bring bike on bus for commute, 67% for other trips) Need for secure bike parking (59% bring bike on bus because concerned about theft) No lockers or racks available at facility Perceived as not secure enough Racks too crowded Unsure of how locker system works (top reasons given as to why cyclists are dissatisfied with racks and lockers) 10 Barriers to Riding to RTD Stop or Station Barriers to Leaving Bike Behind Barriers to Using Racks/Lockers
  11. 11. US 36 Corridor Cyclists Ride More 11 Significant differences among cyclists with origins or destinations at one of the US 36 Park-N-Rides include: Bike More Often US-36 Cyclists Other Cyclists Ride every day 21% 12% Ride every day in each season Spring – 34% Summer – 48% Fall – 32% Winter – 12% Spring – 23% Summer – 32% Fall – 23% Winter – 6% Ride to or from school ever day 8% 3% Ride several times a week – commute 39% 32% Ride several times a week – social/entertainment 32% 24% Ride several times a week – personal business 37% 24% Ride several times a week – shopping/eating out 33% 22% Bike with bus behaviors Use own bike to access RTD several times a week 33% 26% Bring bike on bus or train every day 11% 6% Lock to bike rack when parking at RTD 77% 68% Neutral feeling about bus-bike shelter 15% 11%
  12. 12. Types of Bike Parking RTD Provides 12 • Racks – Inverted “U” – Circle – Wave – Art • Lockers – Standard lockers – Vertical lockers • Bike Trees
  13. 13. Secure Bike Parking Opportunity •Bus-then-Bike Shelters •Secure, swipe-card entry •Free to use •Currently owned and administered by Boulder County •Three shelters in operations all at transit stops/facilities in Boulder 13
  14. 14. Secure Bike Parking Opportunity 14
  15. 15. Secure Bike Parking Along US 36 •RTD working with corridor TMO to site Bus-then- Bike shelters at each of six future BRT stations 15 8’ connection to US 36 Bikeway and setback for door swing Broomfield Lane and Arista Place Bike Lanes
  16. 16. Questions Genevieve Hutchison 303-299-2054 Genevieve.Hutchison@RTD-Denver.com 16

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