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Lecture: "We All Want the Same Thing:: Results from a Roadway Design Survey of Pedestrians, Drivers, Bicyclists, and Transit Users in the Bay Area" (UC Berkeley; 5/13)

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      [From http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/its.html?event_ID=42145&date=2011-05-13]

      "We All Want the Same Thing:: Results from a Roadway Design Survey of
      Pedestrians, Drivers, Bicyclists, and Transit Users in the Bay Area"

      Lecture | May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | SafeTREC, 2nd floor conference room
      Location: 2614 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA
      Speaker/Performer: Rebecca Sanders Carlton, Safetrec
      Sponsor: Safetrek

      Pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and public transit users all desire
      similar design features on local streets. At least, that is what a
      recent intercept survey of Bay Area residents found with regard to a
      major urban corridor. This paper elaborates on the findings from this
      survey, which was conducted as part of a larger effort to establish
      performance measures for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility
      for the California Department of Transportation. The survey was
      conducted to understand traveler preferences for street design to
      increase perceived traffic safety, walkability, and bikability, as
      well as encourage economic vitality through increased visits.

      When asked an open-ended question about what street improvements could
      be added to make them feel safer from traffic along the survey
      corridor, all respondent groups requested the same top five
      improvements. Pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists all named bicycle
      lanes as the top traffic safety improvement for the corridor (ranked
      fifth by public transit respondents), followed for nearly all groups
      by improved pedestrian crossings (ranked third by bicyclists). The
      remaining top five elements, while the same for all groups, were
      ordered slightly differently among them: slowing traffic/improving
      driver behavior, installing more traffic lights, and increasing the
      amount of street lighting. A similar open-ended question asking about
      street improvements that could encourage more visits to the corridor
      included a preference among all user groups for increased street trees
      and landscaping, street lighting, a bicycle lane, and public
      art/beautification.

      These findings strongly suggest that traditional ideas of nuanced
      planning for various user groups may miss opportunities to create an
      urban street environment that is pleasing to all user groups by
      focusing efforts on a handful of design ideas. In addition, there is
      evidence that design features previously thought to benefit only one
      user group, such as bicycle lanes, may have unmeasured benefits for
      other user groups like pedestrians and drivers. In an era in which
      "complete streets" principles are becoming more common and accepted,
      these findings offer encouraging evidence that this concept is on the
      right track to increase perceptions of traffic safety and encourage
      more lively streets through attracting users. These results also offer
      evidence of targeted actions that could encourage more walking and
      bicycling along local streets, helping to achieve goals of increased
      physical activity among the general population.

      Event Contact: safetrec@..., 510-643-1779
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