Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in Transit Oriented Developments. Bruce Wright Chairman, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling April, 2009

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1 Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in Transit Oriented Developments Bruce Wright Chairman, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling April, 2009

2 Overview Reasons to encourage bicycling Compare bike and walk distances Types of bicyclists Bicycle facilities Bike sharing and bike stations Planning efforts: RMAG and TMAG

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8 Reasons to Encourage Biking Bicycling is the most efficient form of transportation Improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions Reduced traffic congestion Improved citizen health More livable communities Longer distance trips than walking

9 Walking Distance to Transit ½ mile assumed max. walking distance 12 minute walk Quality of the walk affects distance Office workers are less willing to walk farther from a station than residents Tysons plan Highest densities within ½ mile of stations, 600 feet of circulator Highest FAR within 1/8 mile 3 minute walk at 4 feet per second

10 Dens. v. Dist. in Tysons Plan Category 0-1/8 mile from Metro 1/8-1/4 mile from Metro 1/4-1/3 mile from Metro 1/3-1/2 mile from Metro feet from circulator feet from circulator Floor Area Ratio

11 Bicycle Distance Bicyclists easily cover longer distances than pedestrians 40% of ALL trips are 2 miles or less Travel time comparable to drive time for short distances More predictable travel times

12 Bicycle Facilities Bike and Pedestrian facilities are different On-Road Bike Lanes 5 feet with stripe and bike symbol Wide Curb Lanes 14 feet Paved Shoulders Urban side streets Off-Road Sidepaths (10' standard) Sidewalks not appropriate for most bike riding

13 Types of Bicyclists Group A- Advanced or experienced cyclists who use the existing roads Group B Basic or less confident cyclists who prefer to ride on low-traffic neighborhood street and designated bike facilities. Majority of existing and potential cyclists Group C Children riding with or without parents. They ride on shared-use trails or low volume residential streets.

14 Bicycle Infrastructure End of Trip Facilities Bike Parking, Public and Private, Long and Short term Changing and shower facilities Bike Station Parking, changing facilities, repair, rental Bike Sharing Similar to car sharing Facilitates short trips by bike

15 End of Trip Facilities Bicycle Parking (Public) Convenient parking, preferably covered, at the future Metro stations (racks and lockers) Short-term bike parking along local streets Visitor parking at buildings, in neighborhoods and local parks

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18 End of Trip Facilities Bicycle Facilities (Private) Short-term parking for visitors at residential, commercial, and retail developments Long-term covered, secure, easily accessible parking in convenient locations for employees and residents Shower and changing facilities for employees who commute by bicycle

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23 End of Trip Facilities Bicycle Parking Facility Guidelines County developing guidelines Based on Arlington County Bicycle Storage Facility Requirements Rack and locker specifications and placement guidelines Bike Parking is part of LEED certification

24 Office Facilities Office Bicycle Storage Facilities One (1) employee bicycle parking space for every 7,500 square feet of office floor area and one (1) additional such visitor space for every 20,000 square feet of office floor area

25 Residential Facilities Residential Bicycle Storage Facilities One (1) resident bicycle parking space for every three (3) residential units of residential units and One (1) visitor space for every 50 residential units of residential units

26 Retail Facilities Retail Bicycle Storage Facilities One (1) additional retail visitor/customer space for every 12,500 square feet of additional retail floor area Two (2) retail visitor/customer bicycle parking spaces for every 10,000 square feet of the first 50,000 square feet of retail floor area One (1) additional retail employee space for every 25,000 square feet of retail floor area

27 Bike Station A centrally-located easily-accessible bike facility providing: Bike parking Changing and shower facilities Bike repair service Bike rentals Adjacent to transit station Possible TDM measure

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32 Bike Sharing Short-term rental bikes for local trips Some are funded by advertising Inexpensive fees to encourage use Implemented in many cities and rapidly expanding worldwide Paris Velib: 20,000 bicycles and 1,450 stations Lyon Velo'V: 4,000 bicycles and 340 stations DC SmartBike: 120 bicycles and 10 stations London: Plans for 6,000 bikes at 400 stations

33 Bike Sharing 100+ system worldwide Expanded from systems in 2008 Velib System cost: $115M, paid through advertising contract User cost: $40/yr or $7/wk, 1st 30 min. free Rentals per day: 115,000 Expanding into suburbs beyond perimeter road Adding 300 stations and 3,300 bikes

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38 Implementation Bicycle facilities should be an integral part of street network Complete Streets are designed for all users TDM measures Cash and tax incentives Long and short term bike parking Encouragement programs: bike to work events, bike commuting seminars, bike maps Centrally located bike station

39 Implementation Reston Metro Access Group Tysons Land Use Task Force Studied multimodal access to Reston Stations Developed recommendations for bike, ped, transit and auto access Developing final plan language Tysons Metro Access Group Established by Board of Supervisors Review multimodal access to Tysons stations

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42 Conclusions Bicycle facilities are an integral part of peoplefocused urban centers Bikes have low environmental impacts and help reduce congestion Connections to surrounding neighborhoods are critical People of all ages will bicycle if they are provided safe, convenient facilities Bike to Work Day Friday May 15, 2009, Reston Town Center (www.waba.org)

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