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Norwalk Bikeway and Pedestrian Transportation Plan Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. with Alta Planning + Design and Stantec Presentation agenda Plan overview Current conditions Opportunities Vision Next steps Plan overview Directed by Planning and Zoning Department Select consultants

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norwalk bikeway and pedestrian transportation plan

Norwalk Bikeway and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

with

Alta Planning + Design and Stantec

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presentation agenda
Presentation agenda
  • Plan overview
  • Current conditions
  • Opportunities
  • Vision
  • Next steps

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plan overview
Plan overview
  • Directed by Planning and Zoning Department
  • Select consultants
    • Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
    • Alta Planning + Design
    • Stantec

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plan purpose
Plan purpose
  • Ten year guide map
    • Identify issue areas
    • Develop list of priorities
    • Rank priorities
    • Develop conceptual plans
  • Develop Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan
    • Design guidelines
    • Identify bicycle and pedestrian network

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involvement
Involvement
  • City departments
  • Redevelopment Agency
  • Merchant groups
  • Major employers
  • Developers
  • Sound Cyclists
  • Norwalk River Valley Trail
  • Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance
  • Cultural institutions
  • Schools
  • Residents/Neighborhood

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project components
Project components
  • Existing conditions
    • Identify missing links
    • Baseline conditions/ benchmarking
  • Recommendations
    • Design schematics
    • Design standards
  • Ten-year plan
    • Vision
    • System identification
    • Funding needs

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work to date
Work to date
  • Focus group meetings
  • Review past reports
    • Plan of Conservation and Development
    • Connectivity Plan
    • Various neighborhood /district plans
    • Regional and statewide bicycle and pedestrian plans

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what is norwalk
What is Norwalk?
  • Neighborhoods
  • Employment center
  • Retail and dining center
  • Tourist attractions
  • Transportation hub

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what can norwalk be
What can Norwalk be?
  • A great place to live
  • A great place to work
  • A great place to walk, shop and eat
  • A great place to visit
  • A place that is livable and connected

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existing conditions
Existing conditions
  • Thriving retail and commercial areas
  • Dense residential development and neighborhoods
  • Extensive sidewalk network
  • Series of linear paths and plans
  • Planned development projects
  • On-going train station improvements

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potential demand
Potential demand
  • Approximately 83,185 residents
  • 17,865(21%) peoplelive/work in Norwalk
  • 11% of residents commute by public transit
  • 6.5% of households do not own cars

YET…

  • Less than 5% walk or bike to work

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increasing bicyclist decreasing injuries
Increasing bicyclist – decreasing injuries

66% increase in cycling in last two years

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livable community
Livable community

Somerville, MA

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livability indicators
Livability indicators
  • Miles of sidewalks / paths
  • Mode of travel percentages
    • Percent walk/bike to work
    • Percent transit to work
  • Transit ridership
  • Trail bicycle counts
  • Walk/bike to school numbers
  • Number of bicycle racks
  • Bicycle and pedestrian Level of service

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complete streets
Complete streets
  • Examine existing regulations
  • Review current design guidelines
  • Work between agencies
  • Bring residents, merchants, developers together
  • Safe routes to transit

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placemaking
Placemaking
  • Bike boulevards
  • Bike racks
  • Signage / striping
  • Wayfinding program
  • Lighting
  • Pavement treatment
  • Complete missing links

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road diet
Road Diet
  • Typically, a reduction of a four-lane road to two lanes with center turn lane and bike lanes
  • Provides potential for pedestrian refuge island at unsignalized crosswalks where left turn lane is not needed
  • Moving left-turning vehicles out of flow of traffic increases safety for ALL users

Glisan Street, Portland OR - BEFORE

Glisan Street, Portland OR - AFTER

bike lanes
Bike Lanes
  • Convenience of riding on the street with some psychological separation
  • Novice cyclists are more likely to ride in bike lane rather than the sidewalk
  • Street appears narrower - motorists drive slower

Commonwealth Avenue, Boston - BEFORE

Commonwealth Avenue, Boston - AFTER

bike boxes increase visibility
Bike Boxes – Increase Visibility

Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland OR

buffered bike lanes
Buffered Bike Lanes
  • Convenience of riding on the street + psychological separation of a barrier
  • Mountable curb allows cyclists to leave bike lane for turning or overtaking
  • Motorists feel bump when they stray into curb
  • Novice bicyclists more likely to ride in bike lane rather than on sidewalk

mountable curb

two way cycle track
Two-way Cycle Track

Montreal

Cycle-track: a path for bicyclists located next to (alongside) a roadway. A sidepath is similar to a sidewalk, but designated for anyone traveling by bicycle

Kelowna, BC

Hudson River Pathway, West Side, NYC

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Shared Lane Markings: “Sharrows”

Sharrows: roadway marking installed in travel lanes. This marking is used within travel lanes shared by bicyclists and other vehicles. The name "sharrow" was coined by Oliver Gajda, of the City and County of San Francisco Bicycle Program, as a combination of shared lane and arrow.

Portland, OR

Somerville, Mass

streetscape improvements
Streetscape Improvements

Tremont Street, Boston - BEFORE

Tremont Street, Boston - AFTER

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Streetscape Improvements

Winthrop Street, Cambridge - BEFORE

Winthrop Street, Cambridge - AFTER

crosswalks intersection treatment
Crosswalks/Intersection Treatment

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Crosswalks/Intersection Treatment

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wayfinding signage
Wayfinding - Signage

NY Bike Routes

  • Directs users to and along trails/paths/bikeways
  • Directs users to places of interest, giving distance and average cycling time
  • Visual queue to motorists to be aware of bicycles
  • Placed at key intersections and decision points

Portland, OR

draft vision
DRAFT Vision

All Norwalk residents and visitors have access to the benefits of walking and cycling. They are physically active and they and their children have learned to safely walk and bike, giving them mobility and independence. Norwalk is a community where people can walk or ride from their home to work, transit, to places for shopping and entertainment and for recreation. Norwalk’s streets are livable places that accommodate many activities. Neighborhood business districts are thriving with foot traffic from residents and visitors. A civic commitment to share the road is respected by drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Norwalk is the hub of a connected regional bicycle network that includes bike lanes, multi-use paths and greenways.

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potential priority areas
Potential Priority Areas

East Avenue

The Green

Calf Pasture Beach Road

Seaview Avenue

Strawberry Hill Avenue

High pedestrian/bicycle accident locations

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types of recommendations
Types of Recommendations

Multi-use pathways

Signage

Sharrows- shared bicycle travel lane markers

Bicycle lanes

Cycletracks- separated bicycle facilities

Crosswalks

Overall bicycle and pedestrian network

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project design concept sample
Project design concept sample

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linkages harbor and river trail
Linkages- Harbor and River Trail

Naugatuk River Trail, Waterbury, CT

East side of Norwalk Harbor

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potential recommendations
Potential Recommendations

Maps/Tourism brochures

Education programs

Learn to bike

Group walks/bikes

Safe Routes to School education

Enforcement

Design standards

Review of ordinances

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next steps
Next steps

Identify priorities

Infrastructure

Amenities

Regulations/Policies

Rank priorities

Develop concepts

Develop draft plan

Public meeting

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on line survey
On-line survey

Link from Department of Planning and Zoning webpage:

http://norwalkct.org/CityDept/planzon.asp

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contact information
Contact Information

Dori Wilson- Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department

(203) 854-7954

dwilson@norwalkct.org

Ken Livingston- Project Manager- Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

860-247-7200

klivingston@fhiplan.com

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