Bicycle Pedestrian Plan Update

In October 2016, Bannock Transportation Planning Organization will begin a process of updating the 2012 Bicycle Plan and the 2006 Pedestrian Plan. The current bicycle and pedestrian plans are separate documents.   The plan will be developed in phases using a technical memo style for the data and then an executive type summary document for the public release.  Planned tech memos are: regional inventory, needs assessment, objectives and strategies, policies and programs, network development, design guidelines, regional priorities, and performance measures.  The first phase will update the regional inventory and develop the GIS tools to analysis the system.  Also included in the first phase is needs assessment. 

Draft Scope of Work Task List

The Draft Scope of Work for the 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (Better name to be found) includes the following task:

  1. Prepare Detailed Work Plan and Schedule
  2. Public Involvement Plan
  3. Community, Peer Community, and Literature Review
  4. Conduct Need and Issues Survey
  5. Bicycle Facility Design Overview and Pedestrian Crossing Designs
  6. Define Goals, Polices, and Objectives
  7. Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessment Report
  8. Inventory Existing Facilities
  9. Conduct Needs and Demand Analysis
  10. Develop Recommended Bicycle and Pedestrian Network
  11. Develop Project List, Policy List, and Implementation Plan
  12. Develop a Demonstration Projects
  13. Prepare 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Report

Task 1: Prepare Detailed Work Plan and Schedule

This task involves developing a work plan and schedule for the development of the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

Task 2: Public Involvement Plan

This task includes working with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), project oversight committee at bimonthly meetings to provide updates on the development of the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, review the scope, products, and methods, and to receive input on work products.   The task will also develop a public involvement plan for the overall project to include potential meetings, outreach efforts, and other method to keep the public informed and involved.    The PIP will also explore more ways to keeping the public engaged during the process.  Examples include ESRI story maps which are a creative way to share a story.  Pocatello used something similar for the Portneuf River plan.

Task 3: Community, Peer Community, and Literature

This task involves reviewing existing plans to determine the current status of the plans in terms of element implementation, elements pending, and elements discarded relevant to bicycle and pedestrian facilities/policies and to ensure coordination with applicable plans. The review will also serve as a guide to indicate the relevance of previous planning efforts to current conditions.  

Staff working with TAC and Citizen committee will select three to four Peer Communities to complete an analysis of their planning efforts and implementation efforts.  The goal is to learn what has worked and not working in a community, like ours, with high bicycle and pedestrian activity.  Task could involve visits to their communities or invite them to ours.

In the last several years’ bicycle, pedestrian and active transportation in general has a seen a lot of new research and material.  This task would provide a comprehensive review of the material available related to the topic including healthy transportation.

Task 4: Conduct Need and Issues Survey

Initial plan is to conduct potential two surveys which will assess the current usage and needs for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  The first would be a normal paper (web based) survey for usage and the second an online version similar to the 3P Visual ArcGIS application used in the Yellowstone Corridor.  The question is, do we want a statistically valid survey to assess bicycle and pedestrian demand and awareness?  I think we know there is some demand and intent of the planning process to establish a guidebook for developing a more active and connected transportation system. 

Task 5. Bicycle Facility Design Overview

This task will define the different types of bicycle facility designed some of which might not be included in the final recommendation.   The intent is to provide a quick summary of what a bicycle lane is and where it should or can be used.   For pedestrian I am unsure unless there is a discussion regarding intersection and pedestrian crossing in general.

Task 6:  Define Goals, Polices, and Objectives

This task promotes development of a long range vision and direction for bicycle and pedestrian routes and facility planning by reviewing existing plans and policies at the MPO level as well as at individual municipalities and counties. In addition, the review will include concepts and policies from comparable regions and from national organizations, and a review of all relevant state legislation and local ordinances, resolutions and policies that might affect implementation of the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

New goals, objectives, policies and standards will be developed for the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by building on existing plans and policies.

Task 7. Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessment Report

This task will provide a review of the bicycle and pedestrian related crashes with in the region.  Trends and potential systematic solutions to identified problems will be included.

Task 8: Data Collection and Analysis

The task will develop a project base map utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) including facility data from existing sources such as streets, bike lanes, off-road paths, bus stops, and planned or funded improvements.  In addition, the maps will include community characteristics from existing sources in the GIS mapping including parks, schools, future land use, and other important community features.

BTPO will collect and map pertinent demographic data including bicycle and pedestrian usage from U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) journey to work data. Additional data that will be analyzed include population and employment characteristics. 

Task 9: Conduct Needs and Demand Analysis

This task has the most defining to do.  This will be the technical portion of the document where the bicycle level of service and pedestrian level of service will be completed.  How else to demand and needs might be developed in the literature review of in other research.

Task 10: Develop Recommended Bicycle and Pedestrian Network

This task includes the development of a recommended region wide bicycle and pedestrian network. The selection criterion will generally consist of needs, available right of way, connectivity and directness, barriers, multi-mode linkages, safety and conflicts, and security. A listing of recommended bicycle and pedestrian systems and programs as well as recommended improvements should be provided. The system shall incorporate potential linkages, as appropriate, such as existing and future roadways, pathways, trails, and open spaces. All proposed facilities will be required to be included in a deliverable to include an excel table and an ArcGIS shapefile. In addition, a list of high priority corridors should be developed for future standalone corridor studies demonstration project.

Task 11: Develop Implementation and Financial Plan

This task requires the development of an implementation strategy that includes cost estimates, responsible party, priority, and suggested funding. All details will be included in an excel tables and ArcGIS shapefiles. An Implementation Plan for high priority projects over the next 10 years should be developed, along with an unconstrained implementation plan for the next 20 years.

Task 12: Develop Demonstration Projects

This task will identify one low cost project from the implementation plan to implement. An alternative will be to complete a pilot project on one of the identified projects where a temporary solution will be built to test the feasibility of the project type.

Task 13: Prepare 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Report

This task will assemble information into a Draft 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for review and comment by staff, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC).  Once in draft form, the 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be presented in public meetings. Following comments and feedback received, consultant will prepare a final version of the plan.