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Many of the regions community centers have deteriorating sidewalk systems and too much interaction with traffic.Although public transportation services, carpooling and vanpooling programs continue to grow in popularity, the lack of downtown infrastructure doesn’t make the “last mile connection.”State and Federal Programs for alternative transportation are poorly funded in the grand scheme of the annual transportation budget. Virginia maintains nearly 20 statewide transportation plans; developed by public, local government, and regional organization input. However, funding programs are not linked to the planning process.Local governments often fear that development will not occur if they ask for too much. In addition, existing statewide policy is not enforced.Connecting community centers to natural and cultural assets. Connecting residential neighborhoods to employment centers, schools, and other popular destinations.
Lackingtechnology and other resources – most localities active transportation plans/information were primarily textNRVPDC developed previous plans in 2000, 1994, and 19753 of 15 localities have bicycle/pedestrian plans
Maps were done in CAD, drawn by hand, or other tool – in paper space or not-to-scaleMost were black and white and provided very vague/general information
Even existing GIS data did not align with roadway center lines, property boundaries, structures, or visible alignments in aerial imagery
Almost 2 years of data collectionExisting mapping, brochures, etc not to scale1-on-1 meetings with all partners = most impact – PDC understood existing assets and planned improvements
The idea of a bikeway, walkway, blueway plan isn’t a new concept. Since the early 1970s, planners across the nation have been developing active/alternative transportation plans.Today we build on to and adapt previous planning efforts to align with local goals and funding opportunities.Making due with what you have…The NRV plan was developed using Microsoft Word, ArcGIS for desktop, Photoshop 7.0, and Google Earth
Regional assets were discovered in large and small communities.Some funding opportunities call for “impacts” of the proposed improvements – developed by the Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway CommitteeProjects that accomplish one of the above 9 goals have regional value.
Second PDC meeting involved all partners within 5 major planning areas (County or City boundary)Met with neighboring regions to align corridors beyond NRV planning area
Bikeway/Walkway Committee = diverse group of planners, business owners, engineers, and cyclistsAligned provided GIS data and created new GIS layers by utilizing aerial imagery. Google Earth + ESRI = allowed us to share information easily
April 25, 2013New RiverValley’sBikeway,Walkway, Blueway Plan
Virginia’s New RiverValleyPlanning District Commission Boundary
Virginia’s New RiverValley• Population: 179,967• 4 Counties• 1 City• 10Towns• VirginiaTech• Radford University
Regional Profile:• Average Commute = 19 miles/23 minutes• Annual miles traveled = 11,874• Annual Costs: $7,587.77• Household Median Income: $42,057• Transportation Costs = 18%• 2030: 1-in-5 people will be over 65• 28% Adult obesity• 19% Children in povertyBackground Information
Regional Challenges:• Incomplete bike/ped downtown• Transit systems growing• State/Federal Match (competitive)• Planning & Programming disconnect• Land = missed opportunities• Lack of connections• Virginia, 2007 Outdoors Survey:• Walking for pleasure = #1• Driving for pleasure = #3• Bicycling = #13Background Information
Established a DiverseWorking Committee• The PDC met with a variety of partners to startfrom the ground up…Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan
Guidance fromWorking Committee:• Identify regional assets• Establish common goals and priorities• Resource for local and statewide planning• Improve mapping and tables• Level of detail for information sharing• Utilize to pursue funding• Support tourismRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan
Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway PlanLate 2011 – Local ReviewMid 2011 – Meet 5 Core AreasEarly 2011 – Data CompleteEarly 2010 – 1-on-1 MeetingsMid 2009 – Local Data CollectionEarly 2009 –Vision and Goals2008 – Bikeway/Walkway Committee
Elements of the System:1. MultipurposeTrails• Facilities physically separated from motorized trafficby an open space or barrier.2. Hiking/Mountain BikingTrails• Natural surfaced facilities that are predominately usedfor recreation.3. Shared Road Facilities• Facilities within the existing right-of-way such aspaved shoulders, designated bike lanes, or markedSHARROWS.4. Blueways• Facilities that accommodate the variety of water users.Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan
Planning Process – Behind the Scenes• Vision/goals were easy to agree on…• Bikeway/Walkway Committee = great input• Tough integrating into 1 plan and 1 data set• Facilities = 4 categories for flexibility• Data aligns withVGIN + Google Earth imagery• CAD/GIS converted to Photoshop = attractive• Tables – need work to maximize resourcefulnessRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan
What is in the Plan?• Executive Summary• A RegionalVisiono Historyo Elements of the Systemo Purposeo Objectives Definitions• Tables and Mapso Divided into 5Areas (4 counties & 1 city)Regional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan
How will it be used?• Simply a planning resource• Integrate into Statewide Plans (VDOT)• CTB Policy for Bicyclists and Pedestrians• Aligns multijurisdictional connections• Flexibility = Design for local needs• ProjectWebsite:http://www.nrvpdc.org/Transportation/bwwwbw.htmlRegional Bikeway, Walkway, Blueway Plan