Bike Mobility by Design

APA Texas Chapter

#9107082

Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT

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Overview

The dominant development pattern in the greater Corpus Christi area no longer fosters an active lifestyle, with dire consequences in terms of public health, environmental quality, and quality of life.  Re-establishing bicycling and walking as meaningful mobility alternatives requires strategic planning to change both the built environment and community culture.In 2015, the Corpus Christi MPO (CCMPO) completed a state-of-the-art bicycle mobility plan as the first phase of its Strategic Plan for Active Mobility, with the hope of catalyzing a sea change in a community that still lives in the shadow of the moniker “fattest city in America” (Men's Health Magazine, 2010).  As in many communities, the inclusion of bike facilities in roadway projects facing budgetary shortfalls sparked fierce debate in the community, and advocates for bike infrastructure found it difficult to defend these investments without a strategic plan.  The CCMPO's Bicycle Mobility Plan alleviates the uncertainty about where bike infrastructure belongs and how much it will cost by specifying exactly where bike infrastructure should be located to provide a meaningful mobility alternative, what type of infrastructure (from bike boulevards to dedicated cycle tracks) should be installed on each segment of the network to uphold the target level of safety and service, and how that infrastructure should be designed and maintained.  This presentation will detail the multi-step spatial analyses used to identify community hotspots and define linkages between them (including off-road trail connections where feasible); it will highlight the creative engagement tools used to capture users' route priorities and explain how these priorities were incorporated into the planning process; and it will showcase the facility selection model used to prescribe what infrastructure should be installed on each network segment.  Lessons learned over the course of adoption and implementation will be highlighted. 

Contact Info

Michael McAnelly, administrator@apatexas.org