How to plan for an urban bike plan
Posted On July 30, 2021
Urban design for transportation is about more than just a bike lane.
It’s about making your community livable, with a vision for where you want to be and how you want it to work.
Urban planners know that to succeed, the city must be at the forefront of the transportation revolution, and urban design must be part of that strategy.
It takes a lot of time and effort to develop a vision that reflects the diversity of people and communities in your city, but once you do, it’s incredibly rewarding.
I recently spoke to one of the most accomplished urban planners in the country about how he designs and builds projects that create community.
In this post, he shares a few of his top tips for urban planners, along with what he thinks you should do when designing your bike plan.
The first tip: Make a plan with the people The most important thing urban planners do is get people involved.
In my experience, the best way to build a community is to get people to talk about what they want and need.
This isn’t a case of simply having a good idea.
People are interested in what you are proposing and why it’s the best idea.
That’s why it is so important to build your plan with a broad range of viewpoints, including people who don’t know what you’re talking about.
“The city is a community, and when you have a lot more people involved, the community grows,” says Ben Brancato, director of the National Center for Neighborhood Technology.
“We’re more open and responsive.”
Urban planners need to be mindful of the community’s needs and interests.
For example, many cities don’t have enough parking spaces.
To make sure that parking spaces are available, planners can create “sustainable spaces” that would give residents the opportunity to park in a designated area, or a street, or in a public park.
They can also create parking-free zones.
This is great if the area is close to the city center, but it can also be an effective way to get the most out of an area if parking is scarce.
Also, to get more people in the community, planners should include transportation options.
People don’t want to wait in traffic or drive to work in the morning.
If people are walking, they’ll want to walk to work and then drive to their destination.
“I try to have a bike plan that includes a mix of both transit and walking, and I think that’s really important,” Brancatos says.
The second tip: Use data to drive your ideas and recommendations To build a good plan, you have to be realistic and think about the bigger picture.
“A lot of cities are really focused on their own infrastructure, and their own roads and transit, and that’s not the right way to think about how to build an urban plan,” Branchos says.
“That’s not to say you can’t look at the city in a different way.
But we need to make sure we’re also talking about the overall future of the city, and not just what happens in the immediate area.”
For example: To build more public transit, urban planners need a plan for how to provide that service.
For many cities, it might be through the issuance of tolls.
But when the cost of these services becomes unaffordable for people, they will move to bus routes, which is an inefficient use of scarce resources.
To encourage people to use bikes, planners could provide incentives to encourage people on bikes to share the road.
If you’re considering whether to build more bike lanes or more transit lanes, consider the costs and benefits of both.
If the lanes will result in less traffic, it could save money.
If it increases safety, it may make more people more likely to use the lanes.
And if people get out of their cars and bike more, it will encourage people who want to use biking to do so more frequently.
Finally, planners need some ideas about what’s possible for a bike system that doesn’t include a bike bridge or a bike tunnel.
Branchas says it’s important to have these ideas before you start thinking about the design.
“People are going to want to build bike lanes and other infrastructure, but how do you do it that way?” he says.
For instance, how can you ensure that a city’s bike infrastructure is built in a way that is economically sustainable?
In other words, what are the benefits of not building the infrastructure that is needed?
That’s a question that’s answered by many experts in the transportation industry.
For one, it can be difficult to estimate how much additional revenue bike lanes can generate, especially in a region that already has a lot less traffic than it needs.
For another, many of the experts say that, because bike lanes are so expensive, they could be better used to improve transportation services.
For a project like a bike path, you need to know what is the most efficient use of the space, whether the benefits will be maximized, and how long it will last