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					  Cobb County Bicycle
  and Pedestrian Improvement Plan



Public Open House Workshops
January 2009
Welcome!

 Thank you for participating in
 these workshops for the Cobb
 County Bicycle and Pedestrian
 Improvement Plan.


 The Cobb County Department of
 Transportation wants to know what
 sort of facilities for bicycling and
 walking will meet your needs.



         COBB COUNTY BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Welcome!

 Feedback forms will be provided at
 each station. These forms, the
 presentation board graphics and
 this presentation are all available
 at the project website:
 http://dot.cobbcountyga.gov/bikeped/




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The Workshop

 There are five stations at
 this workshop.
 At each station we provide
 you with background
 information and are
 requesting your response.
 This presentation will
 introduce you to each of
 these stations.



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Station 1        – Welcome Station

 At Station 1 we would like you to
 tell us a little about yourself.
 Please take some time to fill in the
 portion of the questionnaire related
 to Station 1.


 Share some information about
 how often you like to walk or ride a
 bike. Where do you usually go on
 those trips?

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Station 2 -     Benefits

  Bicycling and Walking are
  important modes of transportation,
  but are often difficult due to
  challenges presented by
  transportation infrastructure and
  land use patterns.




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Benefits

 Many people do not feel safe or
 comfortable biking along narrow or
 busy roadways or walking where
 there are few sidewalks, for
 example.




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Benefits

 Also, people are often reluctant to
 walk or bike to places that are
 thought to be ‘too far’ from their
 homes or workplaces.




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Benefits

 Take a few minutes to
 review the information at
 Station 2 about the benefits
 of bicycling and walking.
 Using these modes of
 “active transportation” can
 improve quality of life in a
 number of ways.




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Benefits

 More than just ways to get
 exercise, bicycling and
 walking are important
 modes of transportation.




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Benefits

 Are those benefits you would like
 to experience in Cobb County?


 This study will consider ways the
 county can gain those benefits for
 its residents and visitors, and
 which are the best investments of
 taxpayers’ resources to help
 realize those benefits.



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Goals

 The County is considering the
 goals shown at Station 2 to
 help articulate the tangible
 steps needed to improve
 bicycling and walking
 conditions.


 Please take some time to
 review them.



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Goals

 Then review and rate the
 list of objectives found in
 the “Station 2” section of
 your response form.


 Objectives are clear,
 measurable, ways that
 Cobb County can work
 towards its goals.



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Goals
 Please share your
 thoughts on the relative
 importance of those
 objectives by completing
 this section of the
 response form. If you like,
 suggest some of your
 own objectives.
 Your input will help
 County staff make
 investment decisions.

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Station 3 -    Existing Conditions

  As part of this study, the Cobb
  County Department of
  Transportation is evaluating the
  current conditions for bicycling and
  walking along the County’s arterial
  and collector roadways.




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Existing Conditions

 The County is using analysis
 methods known as Bicycle Level
 of Service and Pedestrian Level of
 Service.


 These methods can rate how safe
 and comfortable a bicyclist or
 pedestrian will feel traveling along
 a roadway, based on measurable
 qualities of that roadway.


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Existing Conditions

 The characteristics measured
 include the width of the roadway
 and shoulder, the speed and
 volume of traffic on that roadway,
 the amount of trucks on the
 roadway, the roadway surface
 condition, and the distance
 between the roadway and
 sidewalk.



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Existing Conditions

 The Level of Service Score is like
 a grade for the roadway – with an
 “A” being the best grade.
 An “A” for bicycling could be
 achieved by a very low speed
 street, or a street with very wide
 shoulders, or a street with very
 little traffic.




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Existing Conditions
 A score of “A” for walking could be
 achieved on a neighborhood street
 with no sidewalks. But more
 typically an “A” represents a street
 with buffer between the road and
 the sidewalk.


 Charts showing the full range of
 Level of Service scores are
 available at Station 3 and on the
 web page.

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Existing Conditions

 Take a few minutes to review the
 maps and photos explaining these
 results at Station 3. Find roadways
 that you are familiar with. How do
 you feel walking or bicycling along
 those roadways? How does your
 feeling compare to the Level of
 Service grade?




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Existing Conditions

 Please respond to the questions in
 the Station 3 portion of your
 answer sheet. How well should
 County roads work for biking and
 walking in your opinion?


 Remember that better quality
 facilities cost more money and
 take a longer time to build.



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Existing Conditions

 The results of these methods and
 your input will help the Cobb
 County Department of
 Transportation identify where
 conditions for bicycling and
 walking need to be improved.




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Existing Conditions

 Most people find bicycling and
 walking to be useful modes of
 transportation for short trips. This
 study has used a method known
 as “Latent Demand” to identify
 those areas of the county where
 the short trips by bicycling or
 walking would be most likely.          Mixed Land Uses + Closely Spaced

                                                    Higher Potential Demand




         COBB COUNTY BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Existing Conditions

 The Latent Demand Method looks
 for areas that are close to places
 people like walk or bike to—
 schools, parks, bus stops,           The Latent Demand Method
 colleges, etc. It also looks for     combines this information to
 areas where residences are close     identify areas where people might
 to workplaces and shopping areas.    walk or bike more if it were easier
                                      to do so.




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Existing Conditions

 Take a few minutes to review the
 maps of the Latent Demand
 results on display at Station 3.


 These results will help the Cobb
 County Department of
 Transportation understand where
 investments in improved bicycling
 and walking infrastructure will
 have the greatest effect.


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Station 4 - Needs Identification

 Station 4 is where your opinion is
 introduced to the mix. Use the
 maps provided to identify those
 roadways where you think
 bicycling and walking need to be
 improved.




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Needs Identification
 Please limit your identified
 priorities to five miles of bicycling
 improvements, three miles of
 pedestrian improvements, and five
 crossing locations.




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Needs Identification
 Maps for each district are available
 on the website.
 •District 1 (Northwest)
 •District 2 (Southeast)
 •District 3 (Northeast)
 •District 4 (Southwest)
 The map on the right is filled out
 as an example. You may split your
 priorities over several maps if you
 like. Crossings may be put at
 intersections or midblock.


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Safe Routes to School Program
 The Cobb County Bicycle and
 Pedestrian Improvement Plan also
 includes a Safe Routes to School
 Program component. This program
 is intended to promote walking and
 bicycling to school through
 improved facilities, enforcement,
 educational, and encouragement
 campaigns.
 Please provide feedback on this
 program on the form provided.

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Station 5 -     The Silver Comet

  The Silver Comet Trail is one of
  Cobb County’s best known
  facilities for bicycling and walking.


  This study is also looking for ways
  to extend the Silver Comet
  eastward to serve more of Cobb
  County and ultimately reach Fulton
  County.



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The Silver Comet

 Take some time to review the map
 of potential alignments for the
 extension of the Silver Comet at
 Station 5.


 Use the response form provided to
 identify areas you would like to
 connect to the Silver Comet Trail.




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Thank You!

 Thank you for taking the time to
 participate in this workshop. Your
 responses will be incorporated into
 recommendations made by
 County staff, so that your Board of
 County Commissioners can make
 decisions that best serve the
 needs of the County.




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