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Protected Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes are bikeways that are physically separated from vehicular traffic. using curbs, plantings, bollards or other physical separation.

Smart Mobility Roadmap - Austin

The City of Austin Texas is proactively planning discrete steps for adopting shared, electric, and autonomous vehicles for a future that is equitable, affordable, prosperous and data-driven.

Mixed Motorized Trails - Low Speed

Mixed Motorized trails host low impact modes of transportation that is both human-powered and motorized, including pedestrians, bicycles, personal mobility devices and low speed electric vehicles. Note this does not include all-terrain, off-highway vehicles (OHVs)

Quick Build Programs

Quick-build street projects are semi-permanent improvements that can be designed and constructed quickly. The process uses techniques that realign and reassign space on streets using paint and simple physical objects that can be cheaply purchased and quickly installed.

Active Streets Toolkit

The Active Streets LA Street Treatment toolkit contains 45 idea cards explainging elements of street design, signage and transportation assets.

Cycle Atlanta App

Cycle Atlanta is a smart phone app that collects and reports information to inform decisions on bicycle programs in Atlanta Georgia

Green Alleys

Alleys offer opportunities for green infrastructure by replacing impervious pavement with pervious materials and landscaping. Cities can also swap older lighting with energy efficient fixtures.

Laneway Revitalization

Laneways are narrow passageways for either vehicle or pedestrian travel. Around the world, cities and towns are revitalizing laneways as usable space for green infrastructure, the arts, cafes & social activity.

Chicane

A chicane, or off-set extensions, are constructed features creating extra winding "S-turns" in a road to slow traffic and/or reallocate street space.

Grade Separated Bicycle Lanes

Grade separated, or raised, bicycle lanes provide separation and protection from car travel. The raised profile, sometimes shared with sidewalks, offers additional separation from vehicle traffic.

Road Diet

A road diet reduces the number or size of street travel lanes to support multiple modes of transportation, other public utility uses, economic development and/or other amenities. Other terms include lane diets.

Outdoor Dining & Sidewalk Cafes

Outdoor cafes and dining extends restaurant seating and enlivens the sidewalk environment. Cities enact rules and policies to balance restaurant activity with the public's' interest in public spaces.

Channels and Runnels

Channels and runnels are concrete or stone lined pathways used to carry rainwater runoff along the surface or subsurface to other stormwater features and systems. Runnels are smaller, shallow systems while larger, deeper channels carry larger flows.

Parking Benefit Districts

Parking Benefit Districts (PBDs) coordinate public and private parking within a defined district to manage the availability, pricing & location of parking. Meter revenues are then reinvested into improvement within that district.

Stormwater Inlet Retrofit

Stormwater inlets collect runoff from streets, typically along curbsides, and direct water to underground pipes for discharge to a river or stream. Cities are retrofilling inlets with filtering design & devices to treat runoff before it enters waterways.

Scramble Crosswalks

Scramble crosswalks (also referred to as a Barnes Dance, X Crossing) stops all traffic to allow pedestrians to cross in all directions.

Vision Zero

Vision Zero programs seek to eliminate automobile-related pedestrian injury & fatalities through comprehensive infrastructure, communications and enforcement activities.

First Mile/Last Mile

Transit trips (e.g., rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, bus) are comprised not only of the journey, but also trips (1) from origin to the transit stop & (2) from the end station to the ultimate destination. These end trips to/from station areas are often made on foot, by bicycle or car/vanpools. Cities are beginning to improve these first mile/last mile pathways in order to facilitate access in teh vicinity of stops and stations.

Bike Share Station Siting

Bike share programs work best when docking stations are located in areas of high demand for both origin & destination trips. Siting also includes considerations for the immediate environment to ensure ease of access, comfort & safety,

Tree Canopy

Tree canopy programs increase and maintain tree canopy coverage in urban & suburban areas for commercial & residential settings.

Performance Metrics for Streets

Cities are dropping older street design & network models based solely on moving automobiles in favor of emerging new metrics for streets that serve mulitple uses and users.