Transportation Planning for the Future

downtown mobile non-motorized mobility study
Final report
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Downtown Mobile Non-Motorized Mobility study
Draft recommendations Presentation July 28, 2015

Downtown Mobile Non-Motorized Mobility Study
Baseline Review April 20, 2015
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Non-Motorized Mobility Study for Downtown Mobile, Alabama Overview

CLICK HERE for REVISED SCOPE February 27, 2015

TDG will identify opportunities for retrofitting or enhancing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations throughout the project area. We will assess roads and intersections within the study network, identifying specific bicycle and pedestrian facility recommendations (e.g., buffered bicycle lane, widened sidewalk, bike parking) and actions necessary to implement each improvement (e.g., striping, lane diet, road diet). While the entire downtown area will be examined, particular attention will be paid to the following:

• Potential for adding bicycle lanes around the perimeter of the Henry Aaron Loop (i.e., Beauregard Street, Broad Street, Canal Street, Water Street).

• Evaluation of St. Louis Street as a focus corridor for increased walkability, bikeability, and streetscape improvements to promote economic development.

• Identification of up to ten (10) intersections where multimodal improvements will provide better traffic flow, improved bicycling environment, and enhanced pedestrian experience.

Improvement concepts for each location will be developed during the Downtown Design Workshop (see Task 5.2) for review by the public. This task will result in an updated GIS database documenting existing conditions (including noncompliant facilities). It will also identify opportunities for improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

TDG proposes reimagining Broad Street through an intensive three to four (3-4) day workshop process involving stakeholders such as elected officials, the Port Authority, marine terminals and trucking companies, downtown businesses and organizations, and the community. The workshop will be utilized to craft both a bold long-term vision for Broad Street as well as short-term practical fixes to pressing issues (e.g., intersection improvements, bike lane retrofits, gateway treatments, etc.). The workshop will occur in a temporary design studio preferably housed in a venue that is located conveniently for the community to visit and attend meetings. The venue should also allow TDG staff to easily visit the site as needed and to conduct work with all resources in one place. Ideally, the space should be easy for people to find and adequately large to host the meetings and open houses and for the consultant team to perform its work. SARPC will be responsible for workshop logistics, including securing the location, inviting participants, ensuring sufficient tables and chairs are available, and refreshments as desired/appropriate. The workshop will also be utilized to discuss pedestrian and bicycle improvements on the entirety of the Henry Aaron Loop and throughout the project area. Initial concept designs for priority intersections and corridors will be developed during the workshop for public review.

TDG will synthesize the products from the previous tasks into a focused, accessible draft report. It will be designed to be visually compelling, and provide clear guidance on moving recommendations forward. The Report will contain maps and narrative with the following:

• A feasible network of connected bicycle facilities.
• A proposed method of accomplishing the recommended design treatment with proposed cross section.
• Potential locations for bicycle parking.
• Identification of spot locations where specific improvements are needed to address barriers.
• Conceptual designs for practical, near term improvements at up to 10 intersections.
• Concept plan for Broad Street.
• Identification of locations where pedestrian safety treatments are needed for safety, access and ADA compliance.
• Cost estimates for all proposed recommendations.
• Discussion of potential funding sources and phasing plan to implement recommendations.
• Policy recommendations.
• Program recommendations.

An implementation section in the report will include project phasing, and will also identify funding sources, and agencies, departments or organizations responsible for advancing the recommendations.



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