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Help shape a new city’s transportation plans

by Commute by Bike

You can impact the transportation plans of a new city.

Jason of John’s Creek, GA sent the following email:

I am helping my city create a bicycle commuting plan that will be incorporated in to a 25 year transportation package for our city (John’s Creek, GA). Our city is newly formed so we have a huge opportunity to make a statement with our commitment to commuting alternatives via multi-use paths, bike lanes, etc.

I am wondering if you have any information that I could pass along to to the transportation officials at my city office that would help them in creating the ideal bicycle commuting city. Ideally reports, case studies, success stories, and any proven solutions would be great! In the next month or two I’ll be in a series of workshops with city planners, residents, and consultants.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Please help Jason out and leave any information, links or ideas in the comments. This is a great way for us to get involved an help!

 
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7 Responses to “Help shape a new city’s transportation plans”

  1. Michel Phillips says:

    Hi, Jason. I commute by bike about 7 miles each way from my home in the Smyrna/Mableton area to my office in Marietta.

    I suggest looking at these:

    http://www.bike2015plan.org/

    http://capwiz.com/lab/issues/alert/?alertid=9520176

    http://www.johnforester.com/

    Forester strongly advocates putting bikes in with regular traffic. Having myself ridden hundreds of miles on the Silver Comet, roads, and sidewalks (yes, I often ride on sidewalks to avoid busy roads), and having encountered cyclists while driving my car, all my intuition tells me he’s dead wrong. But he claims to have scientific studies to back him up.

    Now here’s something really cool:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/23/AR2007032301753.html

    If I understand it right, this Paris plan is free-to-cheap for riders, and FREE for the city — it’s 100% advertiser-supported. Seems like a no-brainer.

    One more thing: BIG SHADE TREES. If you want people to ride in warm weather, SHADE will really encourage that. There are some new varieties of American elms that resist Dutch elm disease, tolerate heat, drought, pollution, and soil compaction, grow fast, and make beautiful large street trees. Some elm links:

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2006/060613.htm

    http://www.usna.usda.gov/Newintro/american.html

    http://www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org/elm.html

    http://treehealth.agsci.colostate.edu/research/nationalelmtrial/NationalElmTrial.htm

  2. Jason says:

    Thank you Michael! Your information is very helpful. I also came across http://www.bicyclinginfo.org which is very comprehensive. Keep up the great work by bicycle commuting!

  3. Michel Phillips says:

    Don’t forget Peachtree City and their golf cart trails. I have never been on them, but I suspect they are good for bikes, too.

  4. Michel Phillips says:

    Hey, Jason — turns out other cities are using the Paris bike-rental plan. Details:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/16/75845/3531

  5. Aidan says:

    Great stuff. Just don’t do what Toronto is doing. For a city of three million, it’s a joke. Look to what Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal have done, for a Canadian perspective, as they have double to quadrouple the lanes in km/person than Toronto has.

    One Toronto mistake to avoid is putting bike lanes beside parking: door prize and cutting-off. Also, unlike Toronto, you’d need your police to ticket those who park cars and trucks in them. You’d also need to educate drivers the way it was done about drinking years ago. Finally, make the lanes visually obvious to the oblivious.

    The only advantage we have here is free health care when we get hit!

  6. Jett says:

    Hey Jason,

    Your neighboring town of Roswell is where Eric Broadwell has done great work for the cycling community. You may have run across him, but his contact information can be found at http://www.bikeroswell.com/Contacts/contacts.html.

    The PATH Foundation (http://www.pathfoundation.org/) has been building Bike Trails for Metro Atlanta since 1991. Ed McBrayer has lots of practical experience getting cycling facilities on the ground and enjoys both name recognition and the respect of local governments.

  7. Tim says:

    Based on my personal experience (9km commute each way, daily), I would put a priority on wide bike lanes or ideally separate paths for bikes and SHADE. If there is an old rail right-of-way, then rail to trail conversions are /beautiful/ for bike commuters. I got to commute along the Minuteman Bike Path (a converted railway) from Arlington to Cambridge, MA, and would love to see that replicated as much as possible.

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