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					    Local Transportation Project Funding
       thru WSDOT Local Programs

                    Pedestrian Safety Workshop
                            Burien, WA
                             June 2009


                                                                Ian Macek
                                              Highways and Local Programs
                               Washington State Department of Transportation




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 Overview
 I. WSDOT Community Design Assistance
                    Who are we and what can we do for you?


 II. Trends and Grant Opportunities
                    What’s new and what funding is available to help?


 III. Other News




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    Highways & Local Programs (H&LP)

    •     Division of WSDOT that provides financial and technical assistance to
          local agencies.

    •     Administers federal funds that support city and county transportation
          systems, by assisting Local Agencies in design, environmental, right of
          way, and construction activities.

    •     Serves as the state resource for safety and mobility of pedestrians and
          bicyclists.




Spokane’s Monroe Street Bridge Rehabilitation   City of Burien’s Maplewild Ave.   Snohomish County’s Mill Road Bridge
                                                Earthquake Repair
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 H&LP Technical Services
 • Pavement Services

 • Traffic Services

 • Bridge Technical Services

 • Community Design
   Assistance

 • Environmental Services

 • Training

 • Scenic Byways


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 Community Design Assistance Branch
 • Pedestrian and bicycle & mobility

 • School zone and walk route design

 • Trail and path design
                                                   Morton Sidewalk Re-design



 • Developing scenic byways

 • Context sensitive and sustainable
   community design

 • Workshops and mediation services                Sanislo Elementary Walking Audit




 • Research



  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/localprograms/planning
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 Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety & Mobility
 So, what’s new?

 •      Local agencies in Washington have identified more
        than $1.2 billion in unfunded bicycle and
        pedestrian improvements statewide (Source: Local
        TIPs).


 •      Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices
        update to include:
                    – Sharrows
                    – Bike Boxes
                    – Hawk Signals
                    – Green Bike Lanes
                    – New Requirements for
                      Pedestrian Push Buttons


 •      AASHTO updating bicycle and pedestrian guides
         – Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities
         – Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation
           of Pedestrian Facilities
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  II. Trends and Grant Opportunities




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 What are the trends?

 • Bicycling and walking are on the rise.
          – Bicycle commuting up 75% over last 10 years
          – Bicycling is 6% of all commute trips in WA and 10% of all trips in
            the Puget Sound

 • There is potential for a lot more biking and walking.
          – Half of all trips are less than 3 miles, yet 80% of these are made by
            car.

 • Washington has a good safety record, but must do better.
          – 70% of pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas, 38% of these on
            State Highways.

 • The public supports building safe places to bike and walk.
          – WSDOT survey conducted in 2008


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  Focusing on Urban and Urbanizing Areas

    1999-2006 Washington Traffic Fatalities
    By Person Type and Urban-Rural Classification



                                                                  Rural/Urban
          PERSON TYPE             Rural        Urban      Total    (%)

                     Driver       2,051         1,049     3,100    66.2 / 33.8

               Passenger           857              399   1,256    68.2 / 31.8

               Pedestrian          135              412   547      24.7 / 75.3

                    Bicyclist       28              49     77      36.4 / 63.6

                    TOTAL         3,071         1,909     4,980    61.6 / 38.4

   Source: FARS


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      Where are people walking?
                                       REGIONAL CENTERS
Household Location:           INSIDE    OUTSIDE    INSIDE   OUTSIDE
Work Location:                INSIDE     INSIDE   OUTSIDE   OUTSIDE

Drive Alone                   38.3%      70.8%     81.%      84.9%

Carpool                        7.9%      7.9%      7.4%      9.3%

BUS                           25.2%      16.1%     8.8%      2.0%

BICYCLE                        3.0%      2.1%      1.9%      1.4%

WALK                          25.5%      2.4%      0.4%      1.8%

OTHER                          0.0%      0.7%      0.0%      0.6%

TOTAL                          100%      100%      100%      100%

Source: Puget Sound Regional Council


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                    Grant Programs –
                    Bicycle Pedestrian Safety
  Purpose – To address the nearly 400 statewide
   fatal and injury crashes involving pedestrian and
   bicycles each year.

  Process – Call for projects once every two years.
   Report with prioritized list of projects is provided to
   the legislature by December 15th of even years.

  Results – $15 million has been made available to
   36 local agencies for 47 projects from the over $63
   million in requests. Five projects completed and
   42 underway.

  Final prioritization of 2008 projects – 93 projects
   totaling $36 million in requests received.



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                    Grant Programs –
                    Safe Routes to School
  Purpose – To address pedestrian and bicycle
   mobility and safety near schools, through
   engineering, education, encouragement and
   enforcement.

  Process – Call for projects once every two years.
   Report with prioritized list of projects is provided to
   the legislature by December 15th of even years.

  Results – $10 million has been made available for
   49 projects from the over $46 million in requests.
   Improved walking and biking conditions for 58
   schools and approximately 14,500 children. 18
   projects completed and 31 underway.

  Final prioritization of 2008 projects – 93 projects
   totaling $36 million in requests received.

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 Other Grant Opportunities…

•     Traffic Safety Grants
•     Transportation Enhancement Grants
•     National Recreation Trails Program
•     Washington Scenic Byways Program




    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/otherfunding.htm




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                    III. Other News




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Washington’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
 Good News…

 •      Washington State
        recognized as #1 Bicycling
        State in America for the
        second year in a row!

 •      WSDOT conducts statewide
        bicycle and pedestrian
        counts

 •      WSDOT completes
        Washington’s Bicycle and
        Pedestrian Plan - 2008-2027


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    Washington’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
     •       Establishes statewide goal – decrease collisions by 5% per year for the
             next 20 years, while doubling the amount of biking and walking.
     •       Identifies $1.6 billion in statewide needs.

     The Plan recommends:
     •       strengthening the project development process
     •       increased coordination between WSDOT and local agencies
     •       strengthening of WSDOT’s manuals and guidelines
     •       initiation of new training programs for all designers and engineers




Safety and mobility training courses for   Improved coordination with transit   Universal design strives to provide access
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all ages.                                  services.                            to as many people as possible.
WSDOT Resources…
WSDOT’s Community Design and Bicycle and Pedestrian Websites
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/Planning
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Bike
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Walk

Washington’s Safe Routes Website
http://wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/SafeRoutes/

University of Washington TRAC Website
http://depts.washington.edu/trac

Contact WSDOT Community Design Assistance:

Paula Reeves                         Charlotte Claybrooke
Branch Manager                       Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator
reevesp@wsdot.wa.gov                 claybrc@wsdot.wa.gov
360-705-7258                         360-705-7302

Ian Macek                            Carrie Sunstrom
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator   Scenic Byways Coordinator
maceki@wsdot.wa.gov                  sunstc@wsdot.wa.gov
360-705-7596                         360-705-7387
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