Olympic Discovery Trail

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Rich James educates and inspires! He has formatted his presentation as a guide to building trails in rural counties. A highlight of the Whatcom Active Transportation Summit!

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Olympic Discovery Trail

  1. 1.  Establish a Vision Create a Plan to Accomplish the Vision Get Local Governments/Agencies to Support the Vision and Trail Plan Dedicated Agency Staff must have Sufficient Time Allocated in their Job to accomplish the Vision and Plan Foster a Grassroots Support Network and Connect with other Support Groups
  2. 2.  Money makes the trail world go round - Aggressively seek grants and local funding opportunities A Trail Program should be contained within the Public Works Department & Funded through the 6 Year Transportation Improvement Program Large scale trail maintenance should be a Public Works Function Routine Maintenance is a volunteer task Trail and Bridges should be built for low maintenance costs
  3. 3.  45 miles of paved, multi-user, traffic separated trail constructed in 15 years 25 miles of new equestrian/mountain bike/hiker trail constructed in 6 Years by Chain Gang and Volunteer Crews 10 miles of additional funded trail under construction Grassroots support network is strong County Commissioner support is strong Federal/State political support – Only Americas Great Outdoors Trail in Washington Maintenance budget is adequate Volunteer maintenance program is established Trail is an accepted part of the transportation infrastructure Trail is accepted as a positive amenity by the real estate and business community Trail is producing economic returns from events and tourism
  4. 4.  Create an extensive trail network that allows access to most County and regional destinations directly from neighborhoods and ensure that this system is at least as safe for the non-motorized user as the motorized transportation system is for motorized transportation system users.
  5. 5.  Develop a safe non-motorized transportation system that connects the communities of the North Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend on Puget Sound to LaPush on the Pacific Ocean. The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) will become part of a larger system of trails with the ODT being considered as the westward extension of the cross state Ironhorse Trail, the northern route of the Olympic Loop Trail traversing the entire Olympic Peninsula and the western leg of the Pacific Northwest Trail extending from Montana to the Pacific Coast.
  6. 6.  The Peninsula Trails Coalition formed in 1988 to create a public access trail between Port Townsend and Port Angeles. Membership has grown to over 300. Despite initial opposition to the idea, a community vision was born and is now bearing fruit.
  7. 7.  RAILROAD COMPANIES UNDER VARIOUS NAMES CONSTRUCTED OVER 100 MILES OF RAILROAD TRACKS IN CLALLAM COUNTY IN THE EARLY 1900’S RAILROAD GRADES ARE IDEAL FOR CONVERSION TO TRAILS AS THEY TRAVERSE ROUTES WITH GENTLE TERRAIN AND ARE EASY TO RIDE
  8. 8. THE TRAIL HAS A 10 FOOT WIDE PAVED SURFACE TO FULLYSUPPORT ROAD BICYCLISTS AND 2 TO 4 FOOT WIDE GRAVELSHOULDERS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND EQUESTRIANS.BICYCLE COMMUTERS WITHIN 5 MILES OF AN URBAN CENTERCAN TRAVEL THE TRAIL IN APPROXIMATELY THE SAMEAMOUNT OF TIME AS A CAR COMMUTER DUE TO TRAFFICCONGESTION AND STOPLIGHTS SLOWING THE CARCOMMUTERBICYCLE COMMUTERS SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS PERYEAR IN GAS AND CAR MAINTENANCE COSTS WHILEIMPROVING THEIR HEALTH
  9. 9.  Never let initial special interest opposition deter a community based vision, address opposition concerns. Never under-estimate the value of a volunteer. Politicians listen to and support volunteer networks willing to attend public hearings to voice their support for trail projects. Volunteers and their organizations are capable of successful fund raising efforts, writing successful grants, providing money and labor match funding, constructing their own segments of trail and of doing a lot of routine trail maintenance.
  10. 10.  Agencies and volunteer organizations in Clallam and Jefferson County have been able to secure over $12,000,000 from various sources to fund and construct segments of the Olympic Discovery Trail. These agencies and volunteer organizations work together to support each others grants and provide grant match.
  11. 11.  Olympic Discovery Trail Projects are included along with every other transportation project in the 6 Year Transportation Improvement Program In order to access transportation funding the trail program is properly located within the Public Works Department. The trail is part of the transportation infrastructure, not primarily a recreational facility and not within an underfunded Parks Department
  12. 12.  THE LONG TERM EQUESTRIAN, MOUNTAIN BIKE AND HIKER ROUTE BETWEEN THE ELWHA RIVER AND LAKE CRESCENT. A 3 FOOT WIDE TREAD WITH A GRADE UNDER 10% THAT TRAVERSES DNR OWNERSHIPS IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTH OF SR 112. A SAFE RECREATIONAL ROUTE FOR TEENS AND ADULTS IN THE JOYCE AREA TO TRAVERSE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN JOYCE AND PORT ANGELES OR JOYCE TO LAKE CRESCENT RECREATIONAL LOOPS UTILIZING THE NEW SIDEWALK IN JOYCE AND THE ADVENTURE ROUTE ABOVE JOYCE COULD BE COMBINED TO AUGMENT PERSONAL EXERCIZE PROGRAMS TRAIL HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED BY A SHERIFF CHAIN GANG CREW AND A VOLUNTEER CREW
  13. 13. New Trailin Yellow New Trail in Yellow
  14. 14. Joyce S # EAST BEACH TRAILHEAD SPRUCE RAILROAD TRAIL 3.5 Miles Lk S uthe rlan dFAIRHOLME HILL Lake Crescent TRAILHEAD McFee Tunnel ( /101 460 Feet Short Tunnel 160 Feet FEDERALLY FUNDED RCO TUNNEL MATCH TRAIL 6.2 Miles
  15. 15.  In Attitudes Relating to Bikes, Cars and Health In Bicycle Technology In Bicycle Infrastructure In Law
  16. 16. In the City of Copenhagen (Population 1,200,000)   50% of all Copenhageners cycle to their place of work or education every day. 68 % of all Copenhageners cycle once a week.Why do Copenhageners cycle? It’s faster – 55 % It’s more convenient – 33 % Its healthy - 32 % It’s cheap – 29 %How Does Scandinavia Compare to the US? In Holland transportation by bike is 27% of trips and in Denmark 18%. The rate is 1% in the US but a few cities like Davis, California have hit 15%.
  17. 17. 137 Watts to ride 19 MPH – tucked 271 Watts to ride 19 MPH115 Watts to ride 19 MPH 79 Watts to ride 19 MPH
  18. 18.  The most efficient and practical pedal powered vehicle made is a velomobile (covered tricycle) which gains its speed advantage with aerodynamics superior to a bicycle. In this vehicle you could retain the same speed as you normally do, but use 3.5 times less energy, Or arrive at a destination twice as quickly with the same effort This high efficiency greatly enlarges the range of a pedal powered vehicle while providing protection from the weather
  19. 19.  The average distance of a car trip in Europe and in the US amounts to between 8 and 9.3 miles. A fit cyclist pedaling a velomobile at a sustained rate of 250 watts for only 20 minutes would average 28 miles per hour and cover 9.3 miles or the length of an average automobile trip.
  20. 20. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SATSTOPPED IN TRAFFIC IN A CAR ONI-5 THINKING “I COULD GET TO MYDESTINATION FASTER THAN THISON MY BIKE ?”
  21. 21. MANY MORE MILES OF MANY MORE MILES OFBICYCLE FRIENDLY STREETS DEDICATED RURAL TRAILSWITH LOW SPEED LIMITS DESIGNED FOR SPEEDS UPAND DEDICATED LANES TO 25 MPH

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