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Interim Report to the U.S. Congress on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program SAFETEA-LU Section 1807

Chapter 2: Plans for Implementation and Progress

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This section presents a summary of each of the four pilot communities based on geography, and for the NTPP, their objectives, planning approach, types of projects to be implemented, achievements to date, and their next steps.

As communities approached NTPP implementation, they were encouraged to consider the following themes (which complement the topics articulated in the legislation):

Table 2.1 on the following page offers a snapshot of NTPP implementation from program inception through summer 2007.

Table 2.1: Quick Reference to NTPP Pilot Communities and Program Implementation Progress

  City of Columbia Marin County City of Minneapolis Sheboygan County
Status of Plans for Projects
  1. Promotion and Education Plan (October 2006)
  2. Infrastructure Working Plan (March 2007)
  1. Approx. $20M allocated for projects through 2009
  2. Nearly all 11 incorporated communities have bike/ped plans.
  3. Funding plan adopted by Board of Supervisors
  1. $7.3M programmed as of spring 2007
  1. County's Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan identifies nonmotorized priorities
Approach to Management
  1. City Council's NTPP Committee advised by “PedNet” Citizens Advisory Committee
  2. Three subcommittees (Outreach and Programming; Roadways and Sidewalks; and Trails)
  1. Program branded as “Walk Bike Marin”
  2. 19-member Advisory Committee appointed by DPW
  1. “Transit for Livable Communities” manages NTPP, advised by “Bike-Walk Advisory Committee” (B-WAC)
  2. 3 B-WAC subcommittees (Planning; Communications; and Facilities and Operations)
  1. County Board of Supervisors oversees program
  2. Citizens Advisory and Technical Committee (CATC) provides guidance
Existing Bike/Ped Facilities
SHARED-USE PATHS: 25 MI
STRIPED BICYCLE LANES: 28 MI
SIDEWALKS: 350 MI
SHARED-USE PATHS: 33.7 MI
STRIPED BICYCLE LANES: 35.8 MI
SIDEWALKS: N/A
SHARED-USE PATHS: 57 MI
STRIPED BICYCLE LANES: 38 MI
SIDEWALKS: 1841 MI
SHARED-USE PATHS: 35.5 MI
STRIPED BICYCLE LANES: 1.75 MI
SIDEWALKS: 414 MI
Project Mix
  1. 21 non-infrastructure projects starting in 2007
  2. 11 high-priority infrastructure projects starting in 2007
  1. 17 infrastructure projects
  2. 12 promotional or educational projects
  3. 6 planning studies
  1. 3 infrastructure projects
  2. 3 planning projects
  3. 2 promotional projects
  1. 5 infrastructure projects
  2. 4 promotional or educational projects
  3. 2 planning studies
Project Selection Criteria
  1. Plans described above outline selection criteria
  2. Projects have one of three priority levels (I, II, and III)
  1. Committee-driven process to develop ranking and scoring criteria
  1. Points-based system developed by advisory committees
  1. Developed by CATC and approved by Joint Resources Committee
Leveraged Funds / Prospects for Leveraging Funds
  1. N/A
  1. NTPP funds contributing to one major rail-tunnel conversion, and expansion of bicycle facilities at medical campus
  1. N/A
  1. N/A

PILOT COMMUNITY: COLUMBIA, MISSOURI

For More Information: www.GoColumbiaMO.com/PedNet_Project

Missouri State Map pinpointing location of the City of Columbia.
Columbia, MO

The Community

With a population of less than 100,000 residents, Columbia, Missouri, is the smallest of the four pilot communities. The city is home to the University of Missouri-Columbia, a major research university. Thus, median age in this pilot community is the youngest of all four pilots, hovering around 27 years old.

Like the other three pilot communities, more than 85 percent of the city's 45,000-person workforce commutes by vehicle (either alone or in carpools). However, of the four pilots, Columbia experiences the highest share of workers who commute by walking (7 percent). Columbia's existing network of trails, well-organized bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, and dense downtown make the city a good candidate for innovative nonmotorized infrastructure and educational activities.

The Objectives

Columbia's aim in implementing the pilot program is to spark behavior change. The infrastructure aspects of the project will complement promotion and educational programming to motivate individuals to move from all-auto use to walking and bicycling for recreation, and then to walking and bicycling for utilitarian travel, enhancing skills and competency in the process. Infrastructure complements educational activities by providing safe facilities (on and off road) that allow this to happen.

Planning and Administrative Approach

Columbia has leveraged existing community support for nonmotorized transportation by working with established community bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups. The city has named its nonmotorized pilot project the PedNet Project, and created a Web site to distribute information about the project: www.GoColumbiaMO.com/PedNet_Project.

The PedNet Project is advised by committee members representing a cross-section of stakeholders, including bicycle and pedestrian advocates, transportation decision-makers, and community activists (Figure 2.1). In addition to producing two planning documents to generate ideas for infrastructure and educational programs and projects, the PedNet Project has incorporated program evaluation into its management approach. While the city will take part in the larger four-community NTPP evaluation activities, it has opted to lead its own manual and automated counts of users on bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Figure 2.1: Columbia, MO NTPP Management Chart

This figure displays the management organization and stakeholders in the Columbia pilot program. The pilot program committee members work with subcommittees for outreach and programming, roadways and sidewalks, and trails.

The Projects

The PedNet program's managers and advisory committees developed criteria for evaluating the value of infrastructure and promotional/educational projects. Two plans were developed that outline the multi-year effort to expand facilities and promotional campaigns. The draft October 2006 Promotion and Education plan describes a range of projects and activities from traditional public involvement to targeted education. The goal of those types of projects is behavior change, and specifically, encouraging individuals to get out of their cars and use their feet to walk or pedal for errands or even to go to work. Programs, events, and classes will directly promote this change.

Projects to be supported in 2007 are described in the table on the following page (other planning documents discuss possible 2008 projects). PedNet's March 2007 Infrastructure Working Plan identifies priority projects including sidewalks, pedestrian walkways, trails and similar facility projects. Columbia is planning for 100 miles of new bikeways and sidewalks, 19 miles of new paths and trails (added to an existing 25 miles), 66 more miles of streets with striped bike lanes (there are currently 28 miles), and 23 miles of streets with bike routes marked on the streets. The community is also undertaking several "Bike Boulevard" demonstration projects, and plans to add nine miles of priority sidewalks and "pedways."

Only those projects listed as "Priority 1" are described below (Table 2.2). Columbia's plan includes many Priority 2 and Priority 3 infrastructure projects. Bicycle lanes will be the first projects to be implemented, starting in summer 2007. Because of right-of-way acquisition needs, few new paths will be opened before the fall of 2008.

Table 2.2: Columbia's Priority 1 Projects

Project Type Project Status
Infrastructure
  • Missouri-Kansas-Texas Rail Trail (MKT) Hinson Creek and Bear Creek trail projects with six neighborhood connections
  • Acquisition of additional trail ROW for four trails
  • Downtown and University of Missouri-Columbia hub/spoke bicycle lanes
  • Demonstration bicycle route project in downtown
  • Three intersection projects
  • Five bridge overpass projects
  • Demonstration grate replacement project
  • Downtown bicycle racks
  • University projects (including shelters, racks, striping, and trail extensions)
  • Neighborhood and school-area sidewalks
  • Three pedestrian walkways
Deemed highest priority projects
Education
  • Bike safety courses
  • Seminars for engineers
  • Targeted group clinics
  • Shift program
  • Adult-ed night courses
Funded; starting in 2007
Public Awareness
  • Web site
  • Project Office (e.g. storefront)
  • Print and e-mail newsletters
  • Social Marketing
  • Media relations
  • Event participation
Funded; starting in 2007
Encouragement and Support
  • Errand bikes
  • Earn-a-bike program
  • Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week
  • Walking School Bus
  • Sunday Street Closings
  • Other experimental or demonstration projects
Funded; starting in 2007
Assessments / Surveys
  • Manual counts
  • Automated counts
Funded; starting in 2007
Wayfinding
  • Maps
  • On-street markings
Funded; starting in 2007

Columbia has identified two "signature" projects that are proposed for the city's bikeway network. These projects, described in the Infrastructure Working Plan are:

Innovative non-infrastructure projects include:

Achievements and Next Steps

With two plans already developed, the PedNet Project is moving into the implementation phase, and will work this year to begin design and construction for new infrastructure projects. The PedNet Project will continue to work closely with its advisory committees and subcommittees to complete and evaluate projects identified for 2007, and develop strategies to implement projects identified for 2008.

PILOT COMMUNITY: MARIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

For More Information: www.WalkBikeMarin.org


Marin County, CA

The Community

Marin County, in the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to almost 250,000 residents spread throughout the County's 520 square miles (note that most residents are concentrated in 121 square miles in eastern urbanized portion of the County). Marin County is the second largest pilot community (in land area and population), and approximately three-fourths of Marin's 126,000-person workforce commutes by car, van, or carpool.

The County boasts many miles of bicycle lanes, multi-use trails, and signed routes throughout Marin's neighborhoods, and benefits from a temperate climate, making it possible for residents to bike or walk year-round. Countywide plans are in place to construct new - and enhance existing - facilities, and implement new educational and promotional campaigns.

The Objectives

Marin County and its eleven incorporated communities are all eligible to participate in the NTPP. Nearly all of the communities have adopted bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. These plans are being updated and recommend new bicycle facilities and infrastructure development, along with promotion and education about bicycling and walking options. The goals of Marin's NTPP are similar to those identified by the other pilot communities - the County has funded projects that it believes will realize shifts towards nonmotorized modes of transportation, and increases in ridership on buses and ferries. Broadly, the community is committed to the program's core themes: safety, health and physical activity, connections to transit and community facilities, improved planning process and policies, and public awareness.

Planning and Administrative Approach

Marin County has leveraged its designation as a pilot community to create "Walk Bike Marin," an initiative designed to manage the nonmotorized program, and share information about the County's bicycle and pedestrian projects. Information is available to stakeholders and the public at www.WalkBikeMarin.org.

The Marin County Department of Public Works, through Walk Bike Marin, manages the program (Figure 2.2). In 2006, Marin's Director of Public Works appointed a 19-member advisory committee composed of transportation, business, and health professionals, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, public works and planning staff, senior and disabled advocates, education and environmental advocates, a city manager, and others.

Figure 2.2: Marin County, CA NTPP Management Chart

This figure displays the management organization and stakeholders in the Marin County pilot program. The Marin County Department of Public Works oversees the program and works with an advisory committee and partner agencies.

Committee members participated in multiple committee meetings and two community workshops, assisted in the development of the project and program scoring and ranking methodology, solicited feedback from their respective constituencies, and presented a recommended schedule of projects and programs to be considered for funding. The approach was designed to expand opportunities to engage the public in the planning process, and to strengthen policy discussions about nonmotorized transportation.

The Projects

Because the focus of the program is to encourage use of bicycles or walking instead of driving, selected projects are located in the urbanized eastern corridor of the county, and are not of a primarily recreational nature. It is anticipated that infrastructure projects will be constructed by the end of 2009 so that their effects can be measured in 2010. Educational programs are being initiated in 2007.

Marin County's project list distinguishes "primary network" infrastructure projects from "countywide" infrastructure projects or "local network/feeder" projects. Generally, the primary network consists of alignments along major north-south and east-west corridors. These include old railroad grades, paths along major waterways, and paths and/or bike lanes on key arterial streets. Countywide projects include bicycle racks and lockers, striping and signage projects, intersection improvement, and steps, lanes, and paths that will be implemented at multiple locations, and can be efficiently constructed through consolidated contracting. Local/Feeder projects tie into the primary network, but serve smaller neighborhoods or activity nodes. These are the local serving routes that may or may not provide through-connections to primary routes or destinations.

Next, non-infrastructure programs are categorized as 1) resources, 2) education, 3) public awareness, or 4) incentives. Finally, some projects focus exclusively on planning activities, such as a corridor study.

On April 17, 2007, the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a funding program which allocated the full $20 million assumed for the Pilot, once obligation limits, national program obligations, and local implementation costs are subtracted. The list of funded projects and programs appears below (Table 2.3).

Table 2.3: Marin's Projects and Programs

Project Type Project Status
Infrastructure
  • Gate Six Rd/Bridgeway Intersection Improvements
  • San Rafael Transit Center Improvements
  • Enfrente Road Connector Class I*
  • Bridgeway to Ferry Path
  • Puerto Suello to Transit Center connection
  • Mahon Creek Path to Transit Center connection
  • Northgate Class II Gap Closure
  • Los Ranchitos Class II**
  • Reserve funding for Cal Park Tunnel Pathway and Puerto Suello Pathway
  • Alameda del Prado Class II**
  • Sir Francis Drake sidewalk and crosswalk improvements in Ross, Fairfax, and San Anselmo
  • Tennessee Valley Path Class I*
  • Doherty Drive Class I
  • Manzanita Connector Class I
  • Medway Road Improvements
  • Terra Linda/Freitas Parkway Class II**
  • Multiple-site, countywide projects including bicycle racks and lockers, signing/striping, minor intersection improvements, and steps, lanes, and pathways
All projects are funded
Planning
  • Central Marin Ferry Connection
  • Alto Tunnel/Mill Valley-Corte Madera Divide Access Study
  • San Rafael to Fairfax Corridor Study
  • Bridgeway Path
  • Francisco Blvd. East Improvements
  • Miller Creek-Las Gallinas Improvements
All studies are funded
Education
  • Bicycle education/street skills
  • Riding with Youth workshops
  • Facility Design Seminars for Engineers
  • Safety Campaign development
All programs are funded
Public Awareness
  • Street Smarts program
  • Health promotion, co-sponsored with County Health Dept.
  • Share the Road/Share the Path program
  • Informational booths at community events
All programs are funded
Resources
  • Bicycle repair classes or programs
  • Maps for directional signage
  • Community pathway/ walking maps
All programs are funded
Incentives
  • Personal travel planning
All programs are funded

* A "Class I" facility provides "a completely separated right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross flow by motorists minimized." (Caltrans Highway Design Manual at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/pdf/english/chp1000.pdf.)

** A "Class II" facility provides a striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway." (See Caltrans Highway Design Manual at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/hdm/pdf/english/chp1000.pdf.)

Particularly innovative projects include the Personal Travel Planning effort, which aims to provide targeted education and consultation to thousands of households in Marin County interested in making nonmotorized transportation a larger share of their overall travel behavior. Marin County will also leverage pilot funds to complete substantial portions of the North-South Greenway, a long envisioned corridor running the length of the county along the railroad right-of-way, parallel to Highway 101, creating a safe, flat and direct pathway that will be separated from cars except for a few at-grade crossings. The North-South Greenway will provide access to all major transit centers, including bus stops, the two ferry terminals, and the planned stops for SMART, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit. The corridor has been planned as a rail-with-trail north of Larkspur.

Achievements and Next Steps

Walk Bike Marin has successfully worked with its consultants to collect background information and prepare initial working documents and maps. Now that the Board of Supervisors has adopted a funding plan, capital project development and program implementation are underway. The County and local partner agencies have adopted agreements, while preliminary design and environmental review are being initiated to meet the target completion date of the end of 2009 for capital projects.

PILOT COMMUNITY: MINNEAPOLIS AREA, MINNESOTA

For More Information: www.TLCMinnesota.org

Map of Minnesota pinpointing Minneapolis
Minneapolis Area, MN

The Community

The City of Minneapolis is the most densely populated of the four pilot communities, with nearly 400,000 residents occupying 55 square miles. Most projects will be located in Minneapolis, though projects will also be considered along corridors leading into Minneapolis in 14 adjacent urban and suburban municipalities, the metropolitan airport, and a state park. The combined population of those adjoining communities is 550,000. Of the four pilot communities, Minneapolis experiences the highest share of non-vehicular commuting, with 17 percent of trips on foot and bicycle and four percent on public transit (2000 Metropolitan Council Travel Behavior Inventory). Transit for Livable Communities plans to increase the share of biking, walking, and transit ridership in the Minneapolis area through strategic infrastructure and educational investments, supported by the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program.

The Objectives

The objectives of the Minneapolis pilot "Bike/Walk Twin Cities" mirror those in the three other pilot communities. The region is primarily concerned with testing how infrastructure improvements, combined with planning, public education, and promotion, can increase walking and biking, and reduce driving. More broadly, the community is focused on health and physical activity, safety, connections to transit, shifts in planning process and policy, and public awareness. These themes guide program management and project selection processes.

Planning and Administrative Approach

Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), a Twin Cities-based4 non-profit and non-partisan organization, was identified in the Conference Report on SAFETEA-LU to manage the pilot program. TLC is governed by a Board of Directors and the organization is dedicated to realizing a balanced transportation system that encourages transit, walking, biking, and transit-oriented development. The organization has more than 10 years of research, education, and community organizing experience; TLC currently has three FTE staff and several contractors assisting with the NTPP.

TLC is working closely with public-sector partners, including FHWA, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Minneapolis, and the Metropolitan Council5. TLC has a fiscal agency relationship with the City of Minneapolis. The TLC Board has established a 26-member committee composed of representatives from neighborhood organizations, non-profits, businesses, public officials, citizen activists, and agency partners to advise it on implementation of the program over the 4 years of the pilot (Figure 2.3). The Bike-Walk Advisory Committee meets monthly and is organized into three subcommittees - all meetings are open to the public. The organization's Web site also provides program updates at: www.TLCMinnesota.org.

Figure 2.3: Minneapolis, MN NTPP Management Chart

This figure displays the management organization and stakeholders in the Minneapolis pilot program. Transit for Livable Communities manages the program and works with a Bike-Walk Advisory Committee and Steering Group. This Advisory Committee has Subcommittees for Planning, Communications, Facilities/Operations.

The Projects

In early 2007, TLC issued the first of two solicitations ("Requests for Applications") to provide approximately $7.3 million for projects in three categories: planning, operations, and infrastructure, with the largest share (approximately $5 million) allocated for infrastructure projects (which included the sub categories "livable streets," "off road facilities," and "pedestrian districts/plazas").

In April 2007, TLC received 67 applications requesting a total of $28.5 million. Those applications were reviewed and scored by a consultant team and in June 2007, the TLC Board selected a slate of projects. This included $300,000 in planning grants; $2,008,400 in operations grants; and $4,584,000 in infrastructure grants for a total of $6,892,400. While there were few pedestrian-focused applications in this round, there will be more emphasis on pedestrian initiatives in direct awards and subsequent solicitations. As one form of technical assistance and support toward this end, TLC is sponsoring a pedestrian planning workshop for Minneapolis and adjoining communities in summer 2007.

Two projects have been funded through a Direct Award6 process, and others have been funded through a traditional competitive process (Table 2.4).

Table 2.4: Minneapolis' Projects

Project Type Project Status
Infrastructure
  • Bicycle parking in Minneapolis (at various locations, including schools, employment centers, recreation facilities, transit stops, and other community activity centers)
  • A construction project which will provide a significant travel connection between high-traffic destinations of the University of Minnesota main campus, downtown Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus
  • A 3.23-mile project in South Minneapolis that will include a bicycle boulevard treatment, providing an alternative for bicyclists to the heavy arterials between several neighborhoods and downtown Minneapolis
Funded
Planning
  • Pedestrian Plan for the City of Minneapolis
  • A study to develop a Central Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The study will build upon the Central Corridor Development Strategy, to determine where bicycle and pedestrian connections can be created or improved to the anticipated light rail line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul
  • The Douglas Drive Corridor Enhancement and Connection to Luce Line Trail Study seeks to provide a safe nonmotorized connection to Minneapolis. This will focus on land use issues and trail and sidewalk improvements, enhancing an important suburban travel route to Minneapolis
Funded

TLC is committed to funding innovative and significant projects that can serve as models in other communities; these innovative projects include:

Achievements and Next Steps

TLC has been successful at coordinating a diverse advisory committee, preparing solicitation materials, and selecting innovative projects designed to meet stated goals and objectives. In May 2007, TLC staff completed a needs assessment to examine current levels of bicycling and walking, analyze barriers and impediments to nonmotorized transportation, and identify opportunities for improvement. In 2006, TLC began quarterly counts of bicyclists and pedestrians at locations across Minneapolis.

Moving forward, TLC will 1) administer at least one more round of grant funding for operations and infrastructure projects, 2) develop an awareness/education campaign, 3) sponsor a series of workshops and seminars, and 4) continue to work closely with the other three pilot communities to track changes in nonmotorized transportation activity.

PILOT COMMUNITY: SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, WISCONSIN

For More Information: www.co.Sheboygan.WI.us

Map of Wisconsin pinpointing Sheboygan
Sheboygan, WI

The Community

Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, located on the western shores of Lake Michigan, is the second largest pilot communities in land area, covering more than 500 square miles. A mid-sized region with a Census 2000 population of approximately 110,000, Sheboygan County is composed of 15 townships, 10 villages and 3 cities - the largest of which is the City of Sheboygan, with a population of 60,000.

The County (administered by a County Board of 34 representatives) will disburse, through its Joint Resources and Transportation Committee (JRTC), approximately $6.25 million for nonmotorized projects in each of the four program years (2006-2010). With a workforce of nearly 60,000 - with more than 90 percent commuting by motor vehicle - Sheboygan County has an opportunity to advance mode shifts through a combination of infrastructure projects and public education campaigns.

The Objectives

Program implementation in Sheboygan is motivated by the belief that a complementary set of infrastructure projects and public education projects can change attitudes and behaviors, and realize mode shift. The County's stated goals for the program center on the NTPP's themes: safety, accessibility and connections to community and public facilities, and policy shifts. Other critical themes adopted by pilot communities include health and physical activity, and raising public awareness of nonmotorized transportation. Planning documents clearly state program objectives and implementation strategies.

Planning and Administrative Approach

The Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors designated the Sheboygan County JRTC to oversee the program (Figure 2.4). In addition to the JRTC, the County Planning and Resources Department has hired two full-time employees and dedicated an additional staff person at 30 percent time to administer the grant for the County. The Department plans to hire summer interns as needed.

In March 2006, the JRTC appointed a Citizens Advisory and Technical Committee (CATC) from a field of 53 applicants. The CATC has 30 members from a variety of backgrounds and interests including transportation, education, health care, local businesses, chambers of commerce/tourism, local units of government, bicycle enthusiasts, and the general public. CATC members and staff review project applications, and the CATC makes project funding recommendations to the JRTC. To date, CATC volunteers have contributed the equivalent of one-year of a full-time employee's time to the NTPP effort.

Figure 2.4: Sheboygan County, WI NTPP Management Chart

This figure displays the management organization and stakeholders in the Sheboygan pilot program. The Sheboygan County Joint Committee on Resources and Transportation oversees and works with a Citizens Advisory and Technical Committee.

Among other accomplishments, the CATC finalized its project selection criteria, which were approved by the JRTC. This is a crucial step in setting up an equitable process to review proposals.

Another major accomplishment was the creation of the County's Pedestrian and Bicycle Comprehensive Plan 2025, which is designed to provide an action plan for implementing the NTPP, and also to provide a basis for decision-making for the future. The plan, which was developed with stakeholder input, provides a blueprint for the expansion of Sheboygan County's nonmotorized transportation facilities. Completion of the comprehensive plan was a critical first step in formalizing strategic priorities and identifying potential projects.

As part of a commitment to public involvement, the County issues periodic newsletters to provide updates and information about the NTPP. These newsletters, which are distributed to interested stakeholders by e-mail, are also available through the Sheboygan County Web site: www.co.sheboygan.wi.us

The Projects

Sheboygan County's Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan identified more than 10 types of infrastructure projects - from sidewalks to shared use paths or trails - located in a broad range of neighborhoods, villages, and urban areas. The majority of the projects will enhance or extend existing infrastructure, or create new facilities throughout the County.

The County's application for program funds classifies three types of projects: 1) infrastructure, 2) education, and 3) promotion. In addition to sorting projects into these categories, the pilot community distinguishes projects that are especially innovative, and those that will impact planning and policy related to nonmotorized transportation. Table 2.5 provides a breakdown of projects selected to date.

Five projects are especially innovative, or could not have advanced without the support of the NTPP. These include:

Table 2.5: Sheboygan's Projects to Date

Project Type Project Status
Infrastructure
  • Bike rack installation at County facilities
  • Town of Sheboygan bicycle/pedestrian facility on Mueller Road
  • City of Sheboygan bike racks on buses
  • City of Plymouth sidewalk construction on Eastern Avenue and Highland Avenue
  • Village of Howards Grove sidewalk construction and bike lane striping on Millersville Road between Elk Street and Highway 32
  • Village of Oostburg sidewalk on north side of school district campus from 6th to 8th street
All projects are funded
Education / Promotion
  • Village of Elkhart Lake Safe Routes to Schools
  • Bike to Work Week focusing on the city of Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, and the village of Kohler
  • North High "walk and bike to school day" (concurrent with Sheboygan Falls Bike to Work Week)
All projects are funded
Planning / Research / Policy
  • Countywide planning for the Safe Routes to School program
  • Update of the comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle plan to better enable Sheboygan County to plan for the programs and projects that move forward as part of the NTPP.  The plan extends past the end of the NTPP to help the county continue to enhance its pedestrian and bicycle programs well into the future.
Funded

Achievements and Next Steps

The management and implementation approach has been successful thus far, and has involved a spectrum of stakeholders in the project identification and implementation process. For example, the County Planning and Resources staff has worked closely with Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission, the Sheboygan Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the FHWA to amend the current Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) to include many new nonmotorized infrastructure projects.

Moving forward, the County will continue to work with the CATC to identify and implement new infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

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