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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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM H&LP Technical Services • Pavement Services • Traffic Services • Bridge Technical Services • Community Design Assistance • Environmental Services • Training • Scenic Byways 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM South Bend Economic Development Planning 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM II. Trends and Grant Opportunities 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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. 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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. 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM III. Other News 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 7/10/2011 2:56 AM 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 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 360-705-7258 360-705-7302 Ian Macek Carrie Sunstrom Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Scenic Byways Coordinator email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 360-705-7596 360-705-7387 7/10/2011 2:56 AM
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