Poster: BIKEIRONBOUND | From Vision to Reality
Bicycle facilities have often been built without attention to the comfort of those who may be interested in bicycling but dislike interaction with motor vehicles. However, a growing body of research related to cycling behavior and successful bicycle networks has led to the development of many new and innovative metrics for evaluating how well a bicycle network serves the needs of all potential users.
BIKEIRONBOUND, a bicycle master plan for Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, demonstrates how these new metrics can be integrated into the planning process to guide the development of a bicycle network that is attractive to these “interested but concerned” potential bicyclists. BIKEIRONBOUND utilized a bicycle level of traffic stress (LTS) analysis to evaluate the existing roadway network, identify gaps, and guide the selection of appropriate bicycle facilities. Through a before/after comparison, the City was able to demonstrate the impacts of implementing the proposed network to the average bicyclist. The LTS analysis was supplemented with a demand analysis to identify key network links that provide access to major destinations.
Building on the momentum behind the plan, Newark quickly implemented several pilot projects to begin to realize the Plan’s vision and transform mobility options in the Ironbound.
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Confirmed SpeakerReed Sibley is a senior transportation planner at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Lawrenceville, NJ, office, specializing in multi-modal analysis and active transportation. Reed has been involved in numerous bicycle and pedestrian projects and planning studies throughout New Jersey and is skilled at developing data analysis tools and metrics to guide the planning process. His recent work includes Complete Streets design and implementation; bicycle master plans for the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, NJ, and Princeton, NJ; a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for Cape May, NJ; and multi-modal, targeted redevelopment planning.
Confirmed SpeakerDaniel Turner is an AICP transportation planner with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in Seattle, WA specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning, Complete Streets and multi-modal transportation and policy analysis. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Daniel helped lead the development of the Bike Ironbound: Bicycle Plan for the City of Newark, NJ and the State of New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide. Daniel has contributed to numerous other active transportation plans in New Jersey. Daniel is driven by his desire to foster more livable and equitable communities through the implementation of people-focused transportation improvements and coordinated land-use decisions.