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1 Presentation to Engineers Australia Survey of urban US pedestrian and bicycle projects Tuesday 23 July 2013

2 Premise for this presentation People choose to walk and cycle because it is quicker and easier than the alternatives.

3 The philosophy of 8-80 cities is to create a city that is so good an 8 or 80 year old can navigate it independently.

4 Rates of walking for transport are higher than perceptions suggest Rates of walking for transport (all trips, HTS) 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 20.8% 20.9% 21.3% 21.5% 21.4% 21.2% 22.2% 22.3% 22.2% 22.4% 25% 25% 25% 24% 24% 25% 24% 24% 24% 24% Other Bicycle Taxi Ferry Bus Train Walk o Vehicle Vehicle.4% % 40% 30% 20% Other Bicycle Taxi 10% Ferry Bus Train 0% Walk only (a) Vehicle passenger Vehicle driver 45% 45% 45% 45% 45% 45% 45% 45% 45% 44%

5 Train 48% 52% Bus 55% 45% Ferry 40% 60% Tram 49% 51% Taxi 40% 60% Car, as driver 43% 57% Car, as passenger 54% 46% Truck 2% 98% Motorbike/scooter 11% 89% Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA Bicycle 17% 83% Other 27% 73% Walked only 49% 51% Worked at home 54% 46% Did not go to work 61% 39% Not stated 46% 54% Total 46% 54% After truck and motorcycle, bicycle is the most gender-biased mode Australian Bureau of Statistics: Journey to Work, 2006 Census 100% Mode choice by gender 75% 50% 25% 0% Females Males

6 Boom in Cycling to Work in 14 Large US and Canadian Cities Source: Pucher, J. and Buehler, R. City Cycling, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, 2012.

7 Not everywhere has it perfect yet Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

8 There are still a lot of barriers to shared walking and cycling spaces Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

9 Even Maccas has priority bicycle parking: (Estes Park, Colorado) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

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11 Bike-only carriage for bike commuters and weekend MTB trips (Los Angeles, California) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

12 Shared bicycle and ski parking racks (Park City, Utah) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

13 Sense of place using bicycle parking as public art (Baker City, Oregon) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

14 Funky cactus bus shelters play to an areas character Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

15 Pods of shared bicycles help shift short car trips to bicycles (Louisville Kentucky) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

16 Transport Security Administration uses bicycles to get around the airport in Tucson, Arizona Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

17 Parklets extend footpath areas with more seating for ala carte dining (Park City, Utah) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

18 Solar-powered pedestrian and bicycle crossing Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

19 Dedicated bicycle lane and bicycle parking kerb extensions (Boulder, Colorado) Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

20 Local Area Traffic Management scheme creates a bicycle boulevard through Tucson Arizona Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

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22 An integrated transport network relies on all modes A mix of transport options are required to meet the needs of residents, visitors and workers Walking or cycling isn t an option for every trip, only the short ones

23 With active travel the priority is people movement, not vehicle movement Priority is afforded to the most efficient and sustainable modes of transport: walkers, cyclists and public transport passengers public transport operators kiss-and-ride, taxi, car share and car pooling park-and-ride Transport infrastructure and operations reinforce the modal hierarchy to: provide access priority provide a safe, well-lit and visually appealing passenger area provide a high level of amenity and passenger comfort increase patronage accommodate customer flows facilitate passenger access and modal interchange Space, access, priority and funding are allocated according to the modal hierarchy

24 Establish a firm transport supportive policy Evaluate existing transport Assess existing transport use Prioritise the most sustainable modes Prepare a holistic transport policy Include in existing corporate policies & procedures

25 Get elements of active travel integrated into projects Provide physical elements to achieve physical integration with other transport networks and facilities, including elements outside the extent of the project works. For bicycles this means: prominent, secure, weather-protected bike parking at each station, bicycle end of trip facilities and cycleways; space for bicycle parking, where the total required bicycle parking provision can not be accommodated internally.

26 Monitor and evaluate facilities and operations to identify potential problems Monitor facilities and operations to determine the spirit of transport integration is being achieved. For bicycles, monitor: bicycle network use to determine if additional capacity is required bicycle parking to determine when additional bike parking is required or when abandoned bicycles should be removed. For footpaths, monitor the footpath network to see if additional capacity is required. Footpath use to determine if facilities link appropriate facilities audit shade, weather protection, accessibility, pavement quality Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

27 Use existing tools and data to effectively target improvements Origin and destination surveys point to destinations, frequency, Network information provide a wealth of analysis opportunities London walking origin and destination surveys show walk trips gravitate to town centres Accessiblity mapping shows transport access using block density Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

28 Integrate with current transport operations not just traffic operations Public transport Link to the existing public transport network Connect residents and workers, without transferring (a one-seat ride) Provide a span of service to meet resident and worker needs Provide certainty of regular, on-time services Car share Provide car share vehicles Priority car parking for car share or car pool vehicles Walking, running, cycling and motorcycling Connect to the footpath and bicycle network Provide bike parking, bike & ride facilities Provide lockers, showers and change rooms for workers Provide visitor and staff bicycle parking

29 Encourage healthy, sustainable travel at your work place Promote and inform staff about options Create a supportive and inclusive policy for walking and cycling Develop and run encouragement programs Support existing encouragement programs

30 Visible, priority space for cyclists

31 Secure, weather-protected, staff parking and changeroom facilities Internal staff bike parking and showers Precinct employee bike parking and showers

32 Obvious, accessible short-term / visitor parking

33 Amenities for staff to freshen up

34 Promote new links with way-finding, print and web information Way-finding Brochures Website

35 Communicate active travel initiatives regularly, internally and externally For your colleagues : Regular, positive internal organisational communication about integrated transport: Yes! Cycle, walk or run yourself! For clients, politicians, non-riders: Collaborate and cooperate! Have regular, positive, public communication about active travel. If you absolutely can t say anything nice, don t say anything a potential or current investor might be sitting next to you! For projects: Ride, walk or run it with the mayor, council, neighbours or any other problem stakeholders. Conduct early and regular communication with the community neighbours, employees, businesses, customers and other state/ local government agencies Highlight benefits and value-for-money get and give credit when it s due Celebrate little wins pedestrian refuges near the old folks home, 10 km zones near schools Rebecca Lehman, GTA Presentation to Macquarie Park TMA

36 Rebecca Lehman Associate Transport Planner GTA Consultants

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