Bikelash to Bike Bonanza: Increasing Biking in Contentious Environments
You'll learn about:
Transportation planning - innovative bicycle infrastructure specifically
Media strategy - leveraging local media and advocates to build better infrastructure
Urban design - scale of streets and how the automobile can be deemphasized
Bicycling mode share - growth areas and targets used by various cities
Conflict resolution between neighborhood groups and overall city goals
New types of bike infrastructure.
Media strategies to deflect opposition
Branding of bike infrastructure to expand ridership.
Recent battles against bike lanes exemplify the struggle that many planners face against progressive projects. “Sustainability”, “humanism” and “quality of life” are overall goals, but realizing projects is difficult in a field that is still dominated by the automobile and non-inviting terms like volume, capacity, and modal shift. This session will magnify the conflicts around bike infrastructure and discuss how planners have successfully negotiated simple projects using complex strategies that have applications outside of transportation.
At a macro-level, cycling is on the rise within the US, but often projects don’t go so smoothly at a local level; NIMBY’s speak loudly about unwanted traffic, commuters hate bikers who take up valuable space on the road, and communities lash out at cyclists as gentrifiers. We will look at three major US Cities and examine how projects have been implemented in this charged environment.
This session will be a guided discussion between transportation officials from Chicago, New York and San Francisco. It will primarily focus on successful bike infrastructure into the planning processes, including: network plans, corridor based approaches, and developer-lead projects. Using examples of innovative infrastructure like protected bike paths, bike boulevards, signal timing prioritization for bikes, and mixing zones, participants will see how cities realized projects in the face of opposition.
Secondarily, the session will give officials from other cities an idea of the potential for ridership in their cities. Biking data will be presented on a city-wide level with an emphasis on the demographics of riders and where the largest growth areas are. NYC alone has seen mode share on corridors approach 50% in growing neighborhoods - we will look at similar situations and show how creative plans and streetscape design have lead to these impressive numbers. Each city has its own story; this session will show planners creative and realistic cases that will lead to more bike lanes in even the most difficult cases.
, New York City Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerSean Quinn, Senior Director, NYCDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Sean has over ten years of pedestrian and bicycle planning, design, and implementation experience in New York and New Jersey. Over the past nine years at NYC DOT he has worked on projects which redesigned city streets with an eye toward safety, mobility, and economic development. In his current role he oversees a staff of planners, engineers, and urban designers all working toward improving the bicycle and pedestrian network throughout the city as well as enhancing the public realm through the development of plazas and streetscape amenities. Sean graduated from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University in 2007 with a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning.
, San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic
, San Francisco
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerTed Wright is the Director Bicycle Program of New York City; the largest bike network in the United States. He has worked for over 15 years in both the public and private sectors on long-range, open space and strategic planning. Ted applies his unique urban design perspective to NYC’s Bike Program, integrating community groups into the design process, managing the Agency’s bicycle network Expansion, including implementing over 50 miles of lanes (10 of which must be protected) each year, and managing the build out of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Waterfront Greenways among other large long-term bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the five boroughs. His primary responsibility is leading an inter-disciplinary team on the development of over 50 miles of high quality infrastructure every year, including 10 miles of protected lanes. Under his leadership, NYC has become a leader of protected path design, creating new street typologies used throughout the US. He has also spearheaded the use of implementation-focused planning studies within NYC, successfully integrating community groups into a rapid-response process showing immediate results while building momentum for longer-term, more expensive capital projects. Ted has worked on bicycle and pedestrian projects since 1997, where he managed several pedestrian and bicycle projects for the Department of City Planning. He eventually became the director of Bicycle Network Development, where he initiated the City’s work with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Outside of bicycle and pedestrian planning, Ted brings several years of urban design and architectural experience to the Department of Transportation. At Arrowstreet Architects, he led an architectural design team through several National Park long-range master plans, creating cost estimates and schematic designs for numerous park improvements. Later, working with Gensler Architects he coordinated several multi-disciplinary, large-scale “placemaking” projects. Internationally, Ted worked for three years as the principal land use planner for Atkins in Beijing, China, where he formulated and presented land use and environmental planning recommendations to Chinese governmental agencies. Ted holds a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers College. Ted has been a certified US planner (AICP) since 2002 and is a LEED accredited professional (LEEDAP).
, City of Philadelphia
Confirmed SpeakerKelley has over nine years of experience in city and regional planning focusing on multi-modal transportation. She and the Office of Complete Streets works to assure that all street projects, programs, and maintenance incorporate concepts and strategies that promote safety across all modes of transportation in support of the vision of zero traffic fatalities. Kelley received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After living and teaching in France, her passion for city planning was sparked and she attended Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey where she received her Master of City and Regional Planning. She is member of the American Planning Association, maintaining accreditation with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.