Durham Bike+Walk Implementation Plan
Current ProgressWe are working to quickly implement the projects identified in the Bike+Walk Plan.
In January 2018, we will begin to fill 8 sidewalk gaps that do not require significant design or right of way. Gaps (less than 500') in the sidewalk network will be filled on:
- Cook Road (near Southwest Elementary)
- Fayetteville Street (North of Cook Road)
- Green Street (near Iredell)
- Gregson Street (near Club)
- Juliette Drive (near S. Roxboro)
- Miami Blvd (Near Slater Rd)
- Pickett Road (Near Ashland Dr)
- Enterprise Street (near American Tobacco Trail).
- Clayton Road/Freeman Road
- Corporation Street
- Hillsborough Rd
- Holloway Street (from Gary Ave to Guthrie Ave)
- Old Oxford Rd
The preliminary designs were shared with the public in the fall of 2017. More complete designs will be shared in late 2018.
The City is currently soliciting proposals to develop 7 miles of neighborhood bike routes/bicycle boulevards, and is also finalizing a contract to design 8 miles of bike lanes. Another contract to fill additional sidewalk gaps is anticipated in Spring of 2018.
Staff is working on how best to phase, fund, and design the other projects identified in the plan. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Background The City of Durham's Transportation Department recently updated and combined the comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plans into one document focused on implementation. Working with consultants from Stantec, Toole Design, and Mobycon, the plan helped the City determine which bicycle and pedestrian facilities are the most critically needed to improve safety, connectivity, and quality of life. It also helped the City identify the best funding strategy to streamline the process of design and implementation.
During the summer of 2016, public input was sought on biking and walking conditions in Durham. The identified facility needs (420 miles of sidewalk opportunities, 453 miles of bicycle opportunities, and 480 intersections) were then submitted into a prioritization model. Based on input from the plan's steering committee and surveys, four prioritization categories were used: safety, connectivity, demand, and equity. These categories included metrics such as number of crashes, proximity to schools/parks/employment/transit, commercial land use, population density, poverty, speed limits, and facility connections. Results of this first round prioritization can be found here (pedestrian/intersection) and here (bicycle). The projects are in groups of 100, with 1-100 being the top scoring projects.
The top scoring segments underwent a second round of prioritization to analyze issues such as constructibility, feasibility, and cost-benefit. This prioritization process helped identify 25 corridor projects, 25 gap projects, and 25 intersection projects. Recommendations for these projects were developed by the consultant using input from residents, stakeholders and City staff.