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RV 2014: Can We Get There from Here? First and Last Miles by Whitney Pitkanen


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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 Whitney Pitkanen

  1. 1. Can We Get There From Here? First and Last Miles FoldnGo Pasadena Whitney Pitkanen Senior Project Manager CALSTART
  2. 2. 2 City of Pasadena Changing Expectations » New Transportation Performance Measures reflect a change in the perspective from which the performance of the transportation system has been viewed » No longer can it be auto-centric and focus on vehicular delay and speed » New metrics that reflect the sustainability goals must be balanced across modes » Shorter and fewer vehicles trips become an important measure in relation to greenhouse gas production. » The condition of the network for pedestrians and bicyclists becomes a factor in the performance of a multi-modal system » Wider and faster streets are in direct conflict with the quality of service objectives for pedestrians and bicycles
  3. 3. 3 City of Pasadena Current Guidance Seven Guiding Principles 1. Growth will be targeted to serve community needs and enhance the quality of life; 2. Change will be harmonized to preserve Pasadena’s historic character and environment; 3. Economic vitality will be promoted to provide jobs, services, revenues and opportunities; 4. Pasadena will be promoted as a healthy family community; 5. Pasadena will be a city where people can circulate without cars; 6. Pasadena will be promoted as a cultural, scientific, corporate, entertainment, and educational center for the region; and 7. Community participation will be a permanent part of achieving a greater city Mobility Element 1. Enhance livability 2. Encourage walking, biking, transit, and other alternatives to motor vehicles 3. Create a supportive climate for economic viability
  4. 4. CALSTART First Mile-Last Mile Solutions Elements working to reduce automobile dependency and use Mobility substitution - Telecommute/e-Commerce - Dynamic ridesharing - Inter-modal tools Personal small-size powered mobility for local trips Closer destinations TOD /New Urbanism
  5. 5. FoldnGo Pasadena Goal: to subsidize and motivate commuters to use folding bicycles rather than automobiles as their connections to transit.  Begun in July 2012. Metrics: aiming for 600 participants by September 2014 to receive subsidy of $220 towards the purchase of a folding bicycle.  490 bikes purchased at close-out of program – July 1, 2014 Participants: bus and rail transit riders who live or work in the City of Pasadena.
  6. 6. FoFldolidnign Bg iBkeic yMcloed Melos daenlds aDnisdc Voeunndtsor Manufacturer: Dahon Models: 1. Eco C7 • MSRP $499 • Program Price $399 2. Speed D7 • MSRP $549 • Program Price $439 3. Mariner • MSRP $599 • Program Price $479
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  8. 8. FoldnGo on Facebook  319 “likes”
  9. 9. FoldnGo Facebook “Check-in’s”
  10. 10. FoldnGo Facebook “Check-in’s”
  11. 11. Survey Results » Administered in September 2013 » 166 responses to date » Demographics » Skew younger » 60% of participants are between 20-40 years old » ½ between 20-30 » ½ between 30-40 » Tend to be highly educated » 50% have a college degree » 35% have graduate degree
  12. 12. Frequency of Bike/Transit Trips  Majority are connecting with transit 1x or 2x per week  84% connect with light rail over bus
  13. 13. Frequency of Bike Only Trips Many are riding bike alone very frequently, if not every day
  14. 14. New Transit Users
  15. 15. Other Transit Issues  Bus racks full  Bike can be heavy  Train is crowded (8 bikes in 1 car)
  16. 16. Folding Bike Uses No Yes Other uses: (aside from commuting) • Errands / grocery trips • Touring • Exercise • Fun – recreation
  17. 17. Thank you! Whitney Pitkanen 626-744-5600