Why should your community become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly?
Bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities enjoy many benefits that lead to an overall improvement in the quality of life for residents and improve the municipality's bottom line. Encouraging biking and walking reduces a community's automobile dependence. This allows residents to become more active, reduces air pollution and creates an equitable transportation network open to all—regardless of age, physical ability or income. Becoming bicycle and pedestrian friendly has also benefited communities economically by spurring tourism, creating jobs, increasing revenues for local businesses and attracting homebuyers.
How can your community become bicycle and pedestrian friendly?
Successful bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities embrace a comprehensive approach that identifies and addresses safety issues, results in sound planning efforts, and includes input from residents and visitors of the community.
Safety Issues: Creating safe and convenient places to walk and bike is essential. Existing safety issues need to be addressed and considered in future bikeway facilities planning efforts.
Planning: Sound planning and engineering efforts need to be undertaken to ensure the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. Poorly planned facilities will not be utilized resulting in a waste of resources.
Public Outreach and Input: Residents should be invited to participate in the planning process. Citizen involvement will help the community identify safety issues and demand for future bikeway facilities.
How can Cross County Connection help?
Cross County Connection provides a wide range of programs and services that can help municipalities create bicycle and pedestrian friendly environments.
Public Outreach and Input
Assist communities to connect with residents and solicit valuable input by conducting a wide range of public outreach efforts including:
- Public meetings and visioning sessions
- Conduct Surveys
- Interactive Websites
- Web-based maps that allow residents and visitors to identify and share the best places to walk and bike
- Create electronic and print bikeway maps utilizing GIS and GPS mapping technology
- Work with schools to develop youth bicycle and pedestrian safety education programs and activities through NJDOT's Safe Routes to School Program
- Identify funding sources and assist with preparation of grant applications for pedestrian and bicycle friendly infrastructure
- Assist with developing policies supportive of biking and walking, such as Complete Streets
- Utilize GIS and GPS technology to inventory and map existing and proposed bikeways
- Identify future bikeway facilities to improve local and regional bikeway connectivity
- Provide assistance with bicycle and pedestrian Master Plans and studies
- Coordinate with local, county, regional and state planning efforts
Assist local governments in making informed decisions with respect to biking and walking including:
- Bicycle safety audits
- Walkabilty audits
- Bicycle and pedestrian crash analysis
- Bikeway network needs assessments
- Pedestrian network needs assessments
- GPS data collection
- Mapping Analysis
Bicycle and Pedestrian Resources:
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (funded by FHWA)
NJDOT Local Aid and Economic Development – An overview of available State and Federal Opportunities
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Guidance on Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Flexibility
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) -Urban Bikeway Design Guide
AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition (2012) – It must be purchased.
Pedestrian Facility Design
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) - Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, 1st Edition
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) – Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach