April 15, 2011.
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Several manuals, handbooks and web resources exist to provide varied guidance on planning for and designing bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Yet there are no specific indications about which of the varied treatments in these guides work well for users. This project highlights best practices and identifies program characteristics associated with high levels of non-motorized travel, with an emphasis on bicyclists and pedestrians, in the selected Californian urban case study communities of Davis, Palo Alto and San Luis Obispo. The case studies are used to illustrate how urban communities can better integrate non-motorized transportation modes into the physical infrastructure and the education of and outreach to community residents and employees. The themes that recurred throughout this study are reflected in user preferences and address issues related to: (a) distance to desired land uses and activities; (b) directness of route; (c) connectivity among routes; (d) separation of motorized and non-motorized modes for safety and comfort; (e) traveling safety; (f) convenience; and (g) education and outreach. The various themes are captured in a number of guiding principles that are arranged in chronological order to correspond to the cycle of trip-making from the decision to engage in an activity through the choice of route to arrival at the destination.
Urban, Community and Regional Planning