SANBAG Wins Award for Transit Access Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

SANBAGlogoCongrats to SANBAG leaders, elected officials and staff for being presented with a 2013 California American Planning Association (APA) award for it’s Improvement to Transit Access for Cyclists and Pedestrians Plan!

The Plan was awarded based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • originality,
  • transferability,
  • quality,
  • implementation,
  • comprehensiveness,
  • public participation and
  • role of planners.

Summary of the award winning Plan is reposted from the California American Planning Association’s one-page project summary below.

San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) undertook an effort to examine the ability of non-
motorized users to access its regional transit network, including the six existing Metrolink Commuter Rail stations along the San Bernardino Line, and four under construction sbX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations in the cities of San Bernardino and Loma Linda.

A Project Development Team (PDT) was convened at the beginning of the project, and consisted of over three dozen members, ranging from City staff, SANBAG and SCAG representatives, local cycling advocates, community members, representatives from Metrolink and Omnitrans, and major employers in the region such as Cal State San Bernardino.

The Project Development Team (PDT) selected ten stations for analysis. The locations were selected for a number of reasons, including high levels of existing or planned transit service, proximity to transit-
oriented subpopulations such as students or employees, and for some smaller stations, the opportunity to serve as a model for how to implement infrastructure improvements designed to best serve the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians at transit stations throughout the Inland Empire. The PDT met every two months for the duration of the project, and members were kept abreast of project progress via regular e-mail and phone communication.

San Bernardino County has long been an auto-dominated environment. Roadways are typically laid out in a grid network, topography permitting, with a standard hierarchy of classifications. The Cities in the study area vary widely in their approach to implementing bicycle and pedestrian facilities, owing to a number of factors relating to circulation priorities, land use patterns, and transit station built environments. SANBAG completed its countywide Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, updated in Spring of 2011, which quantified the existing non-motorized network in the region. While it is difficult to generalize, the existing non-motorized network typically consists of a number of disconnected facilities for both cyclists and pedestrians. On-street facilities face challenges from vehicle speeds and volumes, substandard infrastructure, while off-street facilities (such as walking trails and bike paths) face challenges of a lack of funding for creating amenities and providing maintenance.

Despite these challenges, walking, bicycling, and transit usage throughout the study area is relatively high, and connecting non-motorized facilities to one another and to the people that use them is a key objective of this project.

The report presents proposed facility improvements on specific corridors leading to the Metrolink and sbX stations. These recommended improvements are intended to make non-motorized access to transit more comfortable and accessible for all skill levels and trip purposes. Each station has a description of the recommended improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, a visual with “call-out” boxes explaining where each improvement should be made, and a cost estimate of implementing the recommended improvements. Some general improvements included developing a comprehensive wayfinding plan, prioritizing roadway resurfacing on designated bikeways and direct pedestrian connections through parking lots and future development. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Suitability Index uses a quantitative modeling approach discussed in detail in this report to identify and prioritize bicycle corridors by overlaying GIS data pertinent to a regional-level study. Based on consultation with City staffs and professional judgment, a series of specific station area projects were developed for each station area, and detailed standalone project cost estimates for these improvements were developed in an effort to assist in further design and construction.

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