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1 City of Ottawa s Complete Streets Approach to Transportation Projects Presentation to Stakeholders Date: May 5, 2015

2 Presentation Overview Purpose of the study Proposed definition of Complete Streets for the City of Ottawa A Complete Streets approach for City of Ottawa transportation projects Design tools for Complete Streets A Complete Streets approach for transportation projects delivered by developers A new tool: the multi-modal level of service Action plan 2

3 Ottawa s Complete Streets Transportation Master Implementation Plan Framework Purpose of Study Updated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) approved in 2013 with new policies Provide Safe and Efficient Roads Action 7-1: Adopt a complete streets policy for road design, operation and maintenance Action 7-2: Update road design guidelines, standards, and processes to reflect complete streets principles Section 7.1 Design and build complete streets Action 7-3: Use multi-modal levels of service (MMLOS) to assess road designs and allocate right of way 3

4 Complete Streets Implementation Framework Purpose of the Study Updated Transportation Master Plan (TMP) approved in 2013 with new policies and actions Action 7-1: Adopt a complete streets policy for road design, operation and maintenance Action 7-2: Update road design guidelines, standards, and processes to reflect complete streets principles Action 7-3: Use multi-modal levels of service (MMLOS) to assess road designs and allocate right of way 4

5 Complete Streets Implementation Framework Purpose of Study This study makes recommendations on how the City delivers transportation projects to address Action 7-1 Action 7-1: Adopt a complete streets policy for road design, operation and maintenance Action 7-2: Update road design guidelines, standards, and processes to reflect complete streets principles Action 7-3: Use multi-modal levels of service (MMLOS) to assess road designs and allocate right of way 5

6 Complete Streets Implementation Framework Purpose of Study We have also researched and recommended new tools for Action 7-3 Action 7-2 is part of an on-going Infrastructure Standards Review Action 7-1: Adopt a complete streets policy for road design, operation and maintenance Action 7-2: Update road design guidelines, standards, and processes to reflect complete streets principles Action 7-3: Use multi-modal levels of service (MMLOS) to assess road designs and allocate right of way 6

7 Definition of Complete Streets Complete streets incorporate the physical elements that allow a street to offer safety, comfort and mobility for all users of the street regardless of their age, ability, or mode of transportation. A Complete Streets approach uses every transportation project as a catalyst for improvements within the scope of that project to enable safe and comfortable access for all users. 7

8 Definition of Complete Streets In simple terms, Complete Streets are: Designed and operated for everyone Safe and comfortable to use Convenient and connected Places where people want to be 8

9 Definition of Complete Streets Important notes: All streets can be complete streets but they will not look the same. A complete street will look different based on context: rural, suburban, urban local, collector, traditional main street, arterial main street Villages, Central Area, Town Centres, Mixed Use Centres, Employment Areas Many of Ottawa s streets are already operating as complete streets 9

10 Complete Streets Approach Integrates into the City of Ottawa s routine processes, guidelines and standards for transportation projects Strive first to accommodate the basic needs of all users Strive second to further improve conditions wherever possible within the scope of a transportation project, and with a balanced consideration of relevant plans and policies 10

11 Complete Streets Approach The City of Ottawa delivers many different types of transportation projects Various branches are responsible for delivering different projects during various phases of the project development 11

12 Complete Streets Approach Integrate Complete Streets into the City of Ottawa s Comprehensive Asset Management (CAM) Strategy At project initiation Aligns with Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) schedule Determine project budget early Context-sensitive Every transportation project contributes to creating complete streets 12

13 Complete Streets Approach Project Scoping, Project Intake Forms, Agreements Asset Management Branch Asset Management Branch confers with other branches to develop project scoping Elements of complete streets are considered during project initiation within the scope of that project This approach should not change the MCEA schedule for that project Transportation Planning Branch Development Review Services Branch Policy Development & Urban Design Branch Transit Service Planning & Reporting Branch 13

14 Design Tools Current tools: Master Plans, Planning & Design Guidelines, Accessibility Guidelines for Ontarians with Disabilities, and Construction, Operation & Maintenance Manuals Tools Under Development: Road Design Guidelines project: incorporate complete streets into the outcomes of this project which is part of the Infrastructure Standards Review Multi-Modal Level of Service: a new approach to be incorporated into the Transportation Impact Assessment guidelines 14

15 Developer Led Projects Changed order of slide Development review Services Branch confers with other branches during project planning and design Project Reviews, Approvals and Agreements Development Review Services Branch Traffic Services Branch Review tools include City policies, by-laws, plans, design guidelines and new MMLOS 15

16 Multi-modal Level of Service (LOS) Conventional LOS for motorvehicle traffic New performance measures for all modes: motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, trucks and transit Different method for signalized intersections and street segments 16

17 Multi-modal LOS Multi-modal LOS GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS Motor Vehicles Pedestrians Bicycles Trucks Transit LOS Segments Intersections Segments Intersections Segments Intersections Segments Intersections Segments Intersections A B C Free-flow < 10 sec of delay High level of comfort Short delay, high level of comfort, low risk High level of comfort Low level of risk / stress Unimpeded movement Unimpeded movement, short delay High level of reliability Short delay D E F Flow breaks down > 80 sec of delay Low level of comfort Long delay, low level of comfort, high risk Low level of comfort High level of risk / stress Impeded movement Impeded movement, long delay Low level of reliability Long delay 17

18 Action Plan Complete Streets Implementation Framework will become part of the routine delivery of City transportation projects Complete Street concepts will be considered early in the project initiation phase and identified within the scope of the transportation project Reduced need to debate about one-off projects. 18

19 Action Plan Support Complete Streets knowledge and training for staff involved in the project initiation, planning and design phases Develop criteria to measure the effectiveness of the Complete Streets Implementation Framework Report on progress through existing reporting plans Continue to develop tools to assist in the project scoping, planning and design to recognize and incorporate a Complete Streets approach 19

20 Opportunities for Public Involvement Understanding projects identified in the Transportation Master Plan, including Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan On-going and upcoming Environmental Assessments Area Traffic Management Plans Community Design Plans (CDPs) Better Neighbourhoods Program Talking to your neighbours and peers 20

21 Complete Streets Tools Ottawa s Transportation Master Plan Complete Streets Implementation Framework Summary Summary Provide Safe and Efficient Roads Section 7.1 Design and build complete streets Elements of complete streets are considered during project initiation within the scope of that transportation project Aligns with the MCEA New tools are being developed Action 7-1: Adopt a complete streets policy for road design, operation and maintenance Asset Management Branch Project Scoping Action 7-3: Use multi-modal levels of service (MMLOS) to assess road designs and allocate right of way Project Initiation Action 7-2: Update road design guidelines, standards, and processes to reflect complete streets principles 21

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