Michigan s evolving state context for non motorized transportation advocacy
Download
1 / 79

Michigan’s Evolving State Context for Non-Motorized Transportation Advocacy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 81 Views
  • Uploaded on

Michigan’s Evolving State Context for Non-Motorized Transportation Advocacy. MI Dept. of Community Health: Karen Petersmarck League of Michigan Bicyclists: Lucinda Means Trails and Greenways: Nancy Krupiarz Dept. of Transportation: Cynthia Krupp.

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Michigan’s Evolving State Context for Non-Motorized Transportation Advocacy' - jalena


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Michigan s evolving state context for non motorized transportation advocacy

Michigan’s Evolving State Context for Non-Motorized Transportation Advocacy

MI Dept. of Community Health: Karen Petersmarck

League of Michigan Bicyclists: Lucinda Means

Trails and Greenways: Nancy Krupiarz

Dept. of Transportation: Cynthia Krupp


In Michigan, advocacy for non-motorized transportation has a new look. The Lycra and Spandex image has been upgraded to “office casual.”


Our goals for you today
Our Goals for You Today: new look. The Lycra and Spandex image has been upgraded to “office casual.”

You will leave here with ideas for:

  • Getting INSIDE the system to promote biking and walking.

  • Some public-private approaches that could work in your state.


Getting inside the world of public health
Getting Inside the World of new look. The Lycra and Spandex image has been upgraded to “office casual.” Public Health

MISSION:

MDCH strives for a healthier Michigan. To that end, the department will:

  • Take steps to prevent disease, promote wellness and improve quality of life.


What s in it for us
What’s In It For Us? new look. The Lycra and Spandex image has been upgraded to “office casual.”

  • It’s our job to make it easier for people to be healthy!

  • We are expected to work on “active communities.”

We didn’t learn how to do it in school!


Three ways bike and ped activists have gotten inside public health
Three Ways Bike and Ped Activists Have Gotten “Inside” Public Health

  • Active Communities Award

  • State plans

  • Health conferences


The active communities award
The Active Communities Award Public Health

In Michigan, we start on the path to becoming an active community by applying for an award.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm presenting Active Communities Award


The beauty of an award
The Beauty of an Award Public Health

Each community

  • Assesses itself

  • Earns points for efforts toward walkability/bikability

    No one has to preach!


Promoting Active Public HealthCommunities Award

Now: Web-Based, Interactive Application

  • Instant feedback

  • Links to resources

  • Automated report

    www.mihealthtools.org


Previously paper and pencil
Previously, Paper and Pencil! Public Health

You can do this in your state or province!


Promoting Active Public HealthCommunities Award

How the Award Works

Points earned in six categories.


Promoting active communities award
Promoting Active Public HealthCommunities Award

Six categories of assessment

  • Policies & planning (most points)

  • Pedestrian & bicycle safety/ facilities

  • Community resources

  • Worksites

  • Schools

  • Public transportation


  • Policies and Planning

  • When roads and streets are built or repaired, bike facilities are always included when possible.

    New residential areas are required to have sidewalks.

    “Sidewalk furniture” (newspaper vending machines, advertising signs, flags, etc.) is required to be out of the path of walkers or wheelchair users.

    Examples:


  • Policies and Planning

  • The governing body has adopted an official plan for improving non-motorized transportation, including a timetable and a budget.

    More Examples:

    Transportation planning and funding address the following important safety concerns for bicyclists and pedestrians:

    • Making sewer grates bicycle friendly.

    • Creating well-marked crosswalks…

    • Performing regular maintenance…


  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Facilities

  • Abandoned railroad beds are being converted to walking/ bicycling trails.

    Shopping malls and strip malls have safe approaches for pedestrians and cyclists.

    Examples:


  • Community Resources

  • Walking incentive programs are available to residents.

    Sports leagues are available for adults and youth.

    Examples:


    Showers? Public Health

    Bike racks?

    Safe area to walk or exercise?

    Walking club?

    • Section 4: Worksites

    Examples: Consider the four employers in the community with the largest work forces.


    Did elementary schools participate in National Walk Your Child to School Day last fall?

    How many days

    per week were children

    receiving physical education?

    • Section 5: Schools

    Examples:


    • Section 6: Child to School Day last fall?

    • Public Transportation

    The community has a system of public transportation.

    Park-and-drive lots are available so

    that bicyclists and auto drivers can conveniently park vehicles while using public transportation.

    Examples:


    Promoting Active Child to School Day last fall? Communities Award

    • Five Levels of Awards

    • Communities have:

    • Level 1: Made a commitment…

    • Level 2: Taken significant steps…

    • Level 3: Achieved significant progress…

    • Level 4: Documented outstanding achievements…

    • Level 5: Are models of commitment…

    • to healthy, active living.


    The award benefits communities
    The Award Benefits Communities: Child to School Day last fall?

    • Raises awareness

    • Creates partnerships

    • Inspires change


    Promoting Active Communities Award Child to School Day last fall?

    Inspiring Change…

    • Jackson

      • Developed short-and long-range plans for safe walking and biking infrastructure improvements.

    • Detroit—Southwest

      • Measured walking routes around community parks and created signage to show distances (in English and Spanish)


    Getting inside the world of public health1
    “Getting Inside the World of Public Health” Child to School Day last fall?

    State Plans

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Injuries

    • Obesity


    Getting inside the world of public health2
    “Getting Inside the World of Public Health” Child to School Day last fall?

    Conferences

    • “Designing Active Communities”

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Injuries

    • Obesity


    Getting inside public health first steps
    Getting Inside Public Health: Child to School Day last fall? First Steps

    • Find out who is in charge:

      Chronic Disease

      • Heart disease

      • Obesity

      • Injury control

      • Physical activity

  • Offer to help

  • Make a friend


  • Pro bike pro walk september 2004

    Pro Bike Pro Walk Child to School Day last fall? September 2004

    League of Michigan Bicyclists

    Lansing, Michigan

    www.LMB.org


    Most decisions are made by those who… Child to School Day last fall?

    show up!


    Moving from outsider to insider
    Moving from “Outsider” to “Insider” Child to School Day last fall?

    Tactics

    • Start small

    • Prove yourself

    • Identify their priorities

    • Pursue win-win projects

    • “Carry the water” for their project or priority

    • Say “yes” to work groups


    Lmb partnerships since 1997
    LMB Partnerships Since 1997 Child to School Day last fall?

    • MDOT

    • Metropolitan Planning Organizations

    • Michigan Dept. of Community Health

    • Office of Highway Safety Planning (State Police)

    • Dept. of Management and Budget

    • Dept. of Labor and Economic Growth

    • Travel Michigan


    How we got started
    How We Got Started Child to School Day last fall?

    Michigan Dept. of Transportation

    Built on existing projects and relationships

    • Regular meetings with Non-Motorized staffers

    • LMB Poster Calendar

    • Biking info in welcome centers at state borders

    • Biking content for MDOT website and brochures


    How we got started continued
    How We Got Started, continued… Child to School Day last fall?

    Metropolitan Planning Organizations

    • Found champions in two MPOs

    • Their mandate: improving public input in transportation and land use planning

    • Viewed us as credible reps of stakeholders

    • Helped plan regional traffic safety summit


    Next steps
    Next Steps Child to School Day last fall?

    Michigan Department of Community Health

    • Attended a public health conference to schmooze.

    • Served on several multi-agency work groups.

    • Demonstrated expertise and willingness to help

    • Invited to help develop Active Community Award

    • Invited to present at CVD conference

    • Invited to develop state plan for cardiovascular health

    • Safety education contracts


    The most challenging partner
    The Most Challenging Partner Child to School Day last fall?

    Office of Highway Safety Planning (State Police)

    • Critical agency

      • Federal Traffic Safety Money (402 funds)

      • Traffic Safety Planning for state

    • Toughest nut to crack

    • Had to rely on state agency partners for entré

      • Co-present at annual Traffic Safety Summit

      • Serving with MDCH, MDOT staffers on non-motorized action team


    Rare opportunity
    Rare Opportunity Child to School Day last fall?

    Dept. of Management and Budget

    • Cross-town freeway construction

    • Affected 10,000 state employees

    • Invited to deliver bike commuting classes for downtown state employees


    A neat dovetail
    A Neat Dovetail Child to School Day last fall?

    Dept. of Labor and Economic Growth

    • Awarded small grant for bike commuter manual for state employees

    • Ties in with “Cool Cities”


    Tourism
    Tourism Child to School Day last fall?

    Travel Michigan

    • Invited to create biking section for state tourism website


    Moving from outsider to insider1
    Moving from “Outsider” to “Insider” Child to School Day last fall?

    Tactics Review:

    • Start small

    • Prove yourself

    • Identify their priorities

    • Pursue win-win projects

    • “Carry the water” for their project or priority

    • Say “yes” to work groups


    Trails integral projects for state partnership

    Trails: Child to School Day last fall?

    Integral Projects for State Partnership

    MichiganField Office

    PRO WALK PRO BIKE

    September 2004


    In Michigan, Trails have played a part in: Child to School Day last fall?

    Cool Cities Initiative

    Safe Routes to School

    Transportation Summit

    TRAILS

    Land Use

    Transportation

    Health

    Healthy Communities Network

    MI Steps Up

    Michigan Cardiovascular Health Task Force

    Designing Healthy Livable Communities Conference

    MI Land Use Leadership Council


    Trail projects by nature convene many stakeholder groups

    Land Use Planners Child to School Day last fall?

    Transportation Planners

    Parks and Rec

    Engineers

    Landscape Architects

    Downtown Development Authorities

    Outdoors activists

    Environmental groups

    Elected Officials

    Chambers of Commerce

    Health and Fitness groups

    Trail projects by nature convene many stakeholder groups

    All fit into one state department or another!


    Fulfilling a unique role
    Fulfilling a Unique Role Child to School Day last fall?


    Trails and greenways legislative day may 2004
    Trails and Greenways Legislative Day – May, 2004 Child to School Day last fall?

    • Planning Committee of Diverse Interests:

      Health, Transportation, Natural Resources,Bicycling, Environmental Advocacy

    • Produced 3 key messages to be incorporated in all materials

    • Selected legislative focus from these messages.


    3 key messages
    3 Key Messages Child to School Day last fall?

    Connected Communities are Healthy Communities – Trails Work!!

    • Transportation

    • Health

    • Conservation

    • Recreation


    3 key messages1
    3 Key Messages Child to School Day last fall?

    Everyone Wins Economically with Trails

    and Greenways

    • Economic Growth – Community Revitalization and business investment

    • Save Health Care Costs

    • Retain Work Force through Quality of Life enhancements


    3 key messages2
    3 Key Messages Child to School Day last fall?

    Trails and Greenways bring people and local governments together!

    • Serve as Outdoor Meeting Places

    • Foster Community development and pride

    • Form Local Partnerships


    Constituent visits carried the messages as it related to their trail

    HIGHLIGHTS!

    Advocated legislation for trails but also non-motorized in general

    Formed a trails caucus in the Legislature

    Opened the door for future discussion on all non-motorized topics and their relation to health, transportation, land use, and the economy


    Michigan’s Cool Cities Initiative their trail

    “Michigan’s economic future lies in creating vibrant communities that are magnets for people, jobs and opportunity.”

    --Governor Granholm


    Respondents Described “Cool City” their trail

    • Bikeable/walkable community

    • Revitalized, energized downtown

    • Sense of place

    • Creative opportunities, diverse housing, wired for technology

    • Historic preservation meets new world


    Trails as cool cities projects
    Trails as “Cool Cities” Projects their trail

    • > $100,000 Catalyst Grants, toolbox of applicable resources, and lots of technical assistance

    • Some Cool Cities grants awarded to biking/walking facility developments

    • “One-stop shopping” format of Cool Cities program opened doors to $$




    A trail s involvement in cool cities
    A trail’s involvement in Cool Cities their trail

    High Visibility from a state/local multi-agency team = More $$, More action

    New Diverse Stakeholders for Strategizing Implementation

    For more info: www.coolcities.com


    Safe Routes to School their trail

    Rails-to-Trails

    Conservancy and

    League of MI

    Bicyclists were

    First to the

    Table with

    MDOT


    RAILS-TO-TRAILS their trail

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Achieved a spot at the table in statewide coalition

    Invited Trail Communities to apply for Pilot School Grants

    One school achieved a major trail link across private property to school


    The key is
    The Key is . . . their trail

    • Show you deserve a place at the Table through

      --relationship building

      --initiate action to help

    • Show up and contribute (whether it’s directly related to your topic or not --general expertise and leadership is helpful too)

    • Keep in contact and look for your entry


    Michigan their trailField Office

    www.railtrails.org


    Getting inside the world of departments of transportation
    Getting Inside the World of Departments of Transportation their trail

    Context Sensitive Solutions

    September 8, 2004


    Context sensitive solutions css
    Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) their trail

    • Accomplishments

    • Partnerships

    • work within the system


    Context sensitive solutions
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    According to the FHWA, CSS is “A collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility”

    I-94 Public Hearings


    Context sensitive solutions1
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • Develop designs that meet the needs of specific sites rather than using standardized solutions

  • Streetscape Downtown Saginaw

  • M-22 Glen Arbor Bridge, Leelanau

  • County


  • Context sensitive solutions2
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • Beulah Bridge, Benzie County

    • (Local Input regarding “look” of

    • new bridge)


    Context sensitive solutions3
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • Aesthetic concerns can be addressed by use of natural material to blend with the landscape

    • Using architectural features to create a unique appearance


    Context sensitive solutions4
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • CSS does not have to be expensive or complex


    Context sensitive solutions5
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • Striping of existing roadway to channel traffic


    Context sensitive solutions6
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    Since 1992, MDOT has awarded $200 million in Transportation Enhancement Program grants

    Landscaping along trunkline

    Preservation of Depot

    Bikepath


    Context sensitive solutions7
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    • Over the past 11 years, MDOT has contributed $6.5 million in match money through the Transportation Enhancement Program toward $32.7 million in nonmotorized projects which benefit pedestrians, bicyclists and other forms of non-highway transportation

    • Pedestrian Facilities along trunklines

    • Non-motorized facilities as part of a trunkline


    Context sensitive solutions8
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    Public Involvement -

    How we listen

    • 26 Transportation Service Centers located statewide

    • TSC responsible for project scoping

    • Day to day contact with citizens, local officials and stakeholders


    Public involvement
    Public Involvement their trail

    How we listen

    MDOT’s public involvement process is to obtain as much public participation and comment as possible


    Nonmotorized partnerships
    Nonmotorized Partnerships their trail

    • Training Program

    • Information and Distribution

    • Bicycle Facility Map Prototype

    • Bike Summit


    Cooperative planning
    Cooperative Planning their trail

    • Kalamazoo Nonmotorized Plan

    • Southeast Michigan Greenways Study

    • Southeast Michigan Green Ways Initiative

    • Macomb County Trail Acquisition and Dev.

    • Pere Marquette Study

    • The Southwest Study


    Healthy communities initiatives
    Healthy Communities Initiatives their trail

    • Safe Routes to School

    • Designing Healthy, Liviable Communities

    • Increased emphasis on pedestrian safety

    • Governor’s “Cool Cities”


    Nonmotorized policy and csd
    Nonmotorized Policy and CSD their trail

    • Nonmotorized Partnerships

    • Cooperative Planning

    • Healthy Communities Initiatives


    Context sensitive solutions9
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    Public Involvement - How we listen

    Transportation Summit December 3,4 2003

    .


    Summit process css
    Summit Process CSS their trail


    Context sensitive solutions10
    Context Sensitive Solutions their trail

    Continuous Improvement

    • Interdisciplinary internal working group

      to examine balance issue

    • Work with stakeholders to develop guidelines



    Css focus groups
    CSS Focus Groups their trail

    • Safety

    • Historic/Cultural/Community

    • Environmental Quality

    • Economic Development

    • Mobility

    • Public and Agency

    • Aesthetics


    Csd focus group worksheet
    CSD Focus Group Worksheet their trail

    • Focus Area: (What?)

    • Background: (Why?)

    • Alternatives Discussed: (How?)

    • Recommendations: (Specify if for CSD Policy, Guideline or Procedure)

    • Define Success:


    We need partnerships
    We Need Partnerships! their trail

    Context Sensitive Solutions


    ad