The final plan was adopted by City Council on May 15th, 2017. Thanks to everyone who provided input during this planning process. Please check back for updates.
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.