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Pedestrian Facilities Inventory . Kristin Bennett, AICP Senior Transportation Planner Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Neighborhood Traffic Programs Manager City of Colorado Springs. Project Evolution. Change in City Code – City responsible for sidewalk capital maintenance (March 2005)

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pedestrian facilities inventory

Pedestrian Facilities Inventory

Kristin Bennett, AICP

Senior Transportation Planner

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Neighborhood Traffic Programs Manager

City of Colorado Springs

project evolution
Project Evolution
  • Change in City Code – City responsible for sidewalk capital maintenance (March 2005)
  • Council request to infill sidewalks
  • Increasing public demand for sidewalks
  • Increasing number of ADA complaints to DOJ
  • No pedestrian infrastructure mapped or inventoried, even hard copy
  • No Citywide Pedestrian Plan
initial steps by staff
Initial Steps by Staff
  • Windshield survey of 7 areas of the City
  • Cost to infill 7 areas estimated
  • Staff provided initial infill recommendations for $250,000 special allocation
  • Opportunity to request permission to proceed with Pedestrian Plan and Inventory (recommended in City’s transportation plan

** Had to “sell” concept to internal staff

as well as to City Council **

multi department use of data
Multi-Department Use of Data
  • Transportation Planning
    • Overall City Needs Assessment
    • Cost Estimation – What is the Total Price Tag?
    • Application of Criteria to Prioritize Improvements
    • Support Data for Funding Applications
  • Traffic Engineering, incl. School Traffic staff
    • School route planning
    • Maintenance of crosswalk markings
    • Project development activities - prioritization
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Multi-Department Use of Data
  • City Engineering
    • Curb ramp installation prioritization
    • Sidewalk infill prioritization
    • Stormwater management calculations (more precise impervious surface information)
  • Mountain Metro Transit
    • Analysis tool to recommend priority for sidewalk/ ramp installations along transit routes
    • Support Data for Funding Applications
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Multi-Department Use of Data
  • Urban Redevelopment
    • Downtown / Old Colorado City Pedestrian Facilities
    • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds
  • Street Maintenance
    • Sidewalk condition ratings kept on paper now; could be cataloged into Citywide Facilities Inventory
    • Alley paving – ADA issues at alley/sidewalk intersect;
combine with existing gis data
Combine with Existing GIS Data
  • Roadway Functional Class
  • Corridor Traffic Volumes
  • Transit Routes, Stops (Pads, Benches, Shelters)
  • Trails, Park Space
  • School Locations
  • Neighborhood Strategy Areas (CDBG-fund eligible)
  • Curb Ramp Installations (database)
gis analysis opportunities
GIS Analysis Opportunities
  • Transit Routes with Missing Sidewalk/Ramps
  • #’ radius around school sites with Missing Sidewalk/Ramps
  • Parks/open spaces with missing sidewalk adjacent to them
  • Principal and/or Minor Arterial Streets with missing sidewalks/ramps
  • Transit Routes within Neighborhood Strategy Areas with missing sidewalk/ramps
  • Missing Sidewalk/Ramps along routes that serve both transit and schools…..
geodatabase development steps
Geodatabase Development Steps
  • Developed parameters for what to digitize
  • Developed actual geo-database
  • Tested geo-database with sample sections to determine any changes needed
  • Intern staff acquired (4 part-time initially, now 3 part-time on this project)
  • Digitize, digitize, digitize – very detailed work!
  • Modifications to geo-database as issues arise, interns ID improvements
  • Field checking required – shadows, trees, etc.
what are we digitizing
What Are We Digitizing?
  • Sidewalks – existing, missing with social trail (“goat path”) distinction
  • Accessible curb ramps
    • new w/ truncated domes, older era, vertical curb
    • position (corner or mid-block)
    • type (perpendicular, diagonal, parallel/dip)
    • Ramp ID #
  • Trails not owned/maintained by Parks Dept.
  • Crosswalks (painted, unpainted, school xing, type of traffic control)
field checking two approaches
Field Checking – Two Approaches
  • Manual Field Checking
    • Identify areas to field check while digitizing
    • Travel out to locations and check in person
    • More time and resource consuming (fuel/vehicle)
  • Video-Based Field Checks
    • Video log may be available
    • Some communities have highly detailed video captures of streets (e.g., Cartegraph)
    • Field check in the office – time/resource savings
colorado springs cartegraph video
Colorado Springs’ Cartegraph Video
  • Entire City street network (~1,800 centerline miles) being captured on digital video
  • Cameras on van in all directions so visibility of sidewalk network is excellent (360°)
  • High resolution
  • Digitize on one monitor and view field check area frame by frame on 2nd monitor
other key project information
Other Key Project Information
  • Only $30,000 assigned to project – necessitated use of interns
  • Approx. 1,800 centerline miles being digitized
  • Project about 60% complete – 1,300 hours to date (Feb. 2006 start)
  • Geographic areas assigned to interns –
    • Digitize sections
    • Field check completed sections
    • Quality control by peer (some checks by Senior GIS staff)
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Spend time drafting geodatabase before actual creating it (saves time in the long run)
  • Train everyone in specific application, assumptions
  • Routine meetings to address issues, answer questions, changes to geo-database
  • Expect changes will need to be made to database structure as it is used
  • Accurate facility digitization is time consuming
  • Talented interns can produce an exceptional product, add value
special thanks to our team
Special Thanks to Our Team…
  • Beth Diana, MS – Public Administration (UCCS)
  • Aaron Moss, MS – Community Planning (U. of Wyoming)
  • Nancy Olson, MS – Geography (UCCS)
  • Angela Zakaras, BS – Geography (UCCS)
  • Phil Friesen, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Colorado Springs
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For More Information on the City of Colorado Springs Pedestrian Facilities GIS Inventory Project, contact….

Kristin Bennett, AICP

Senior Transportation Planner

City of Colorado Springs

(719) 385-5622

kbennett@springsgov.com

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