Complete Streets Hearing on January 6th

The Complete Street concept was presented to Salisbury City Council on December 2, 2014. On January 6th, City Council will hold a hearing to receive public comment. The hearing was originally scheduled for December 16th but was postponed.

 

I urge you all to review the presentation along with these statistics pertaining to transportation enhancements like the ones outlined in the presentation. Then show up at City Hall on January 6th at 4:00pm and plan to give your input in public comment. If for some reason you are unable to make it, send your comments to mhear@salisburync.gov prior to the hearing. Sometimes they are read out-loud during the hearing.

Salisbury Complete Streets Presentation

 

 Infrastructure Statistics

Rents along New York City’s Times Square pedestrian and bicycle paths increased 71 percent in 2010, the greatest rise in the city and a sign that there is high demand and low supply for human-friendly streets. New York City Department of Transportation, 2011

Houses located in areas with above-average levels of walkability [or bikeability] are worth up to $34,000 more than similar houses in areas with average walkability levels. Cortright, J., 2009 “Walking the Walk: How walkability raises home values in U.S. cities,” CEOs for Cities

 

A Toronto study found that customers arriving by foot and bicycle visited the most often and spent the most money per month. The Clean Air Partnership, 2010 Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business: Year 2 Report

 

The City of Copenhagen calculated how much they would save if cycling increased 10%. They found that: The healthcare system would save DKK 59 million annually There would be an annual savings of DKK 155 million due to reduced production loss The labor market would have 57,000 fewer days of absence 61,000 extra years of life 46,000 fewer years of prolonged, severe illness 25 fewer early retirement pensions annually City of Copenhagen, 2006 Bicycle Account, 2006

 

It costs the same to build parking for 75 bikes as it does for just 4 cars. Tran, V., 2010 “Student Commuter Trends: More students are biking, less driving,” The Daily Vanguard Online, 5 February 2010

 

A 20-year study of efforts to make streets less convenient for autos and better for pedestrians and cyclists found that after changes are implemented, businesses in these areas show stronger growth than auto-friendly shopping centers. Hass-Klau, C., 1993Impact of pedestrianization and traffic calming on retailing: A reviews of the evidence from Germany and the UK, Transport Policy, 1, 21-31

 

 

Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create up to double the jobs (11-14) of road infrastructure projects (7) per $1 million spent. Garrett-Peltier, H., 2010 Estimating the employment impacts of pedestrian, bicycle, and road infrastructure, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Street improvements made by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) positively impact bicyclists, pedestrians, traffic flow, and spur economic development in Manhattan commercial office Spaces. Liff, J., 2012 “If You Build It…The Impact of Street Improvements on Commercial Office Space,” streetsblog.org, June 2012

 

Active transportation-related infrastructure, businesses and events are estimated to have contributed $497 million to the New Jersey economy in 2011. Brown, C. and Hawkins, J. 2012 The Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in New Jersey

 

68% of businesses involved in Portland, Oregon’s SmartTrips Business program said that promoting biking and walking helped them market their business. Maus, J., 2010 “PBOT releases results of SmartTrips Business Program,” BikePortland.org, 19 February 2010

 

In a study of retail spending, people who arrived by bike, on foot or by transit spent more per month than those customers arriving by car at corner stores, restaurants and bars; only at grocery stores did people arriving by car spend more per month. Clifton, K. 2013 Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium

 

Bike friendliness can be a factor in where an individual decides to live and work. In Portland, Ore., where nine percent of downtown workers bike to work, the city surveyed recent transplants to the city who bike in 2009, and 62 percent of respondents said the city’s bike friendliness was a factor in their decision to move there. Portland Bureau of Transportation, 2009 Portland Bicycle Maps and Information Survey

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