Durham Bike+Walk Implementation Plan
Next StepsStaff is currently working on constructing the top priority sidewalk gaps that do not require significant design or right of way. A list of these locations will be shared once they are finalized. We have also begun more detailed design on the following five corridor projects:
- Clayton Road/Freeman Road
- Corporation Street
- Hillsborough Rd
- Holloway Street (from Gary Ave to Guthrie Ave)
- Old Oxford Rd
The preliminary designs will be shared with the public in the coming months for feedback. Staff is also working on how best to phase, fund, and design the intersection and other corridor projects. 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.