The Importance of Bike Lanes and Accident Reports

After considering everything our group has gone through it gives you the opportunity to see how things will actually be in the field. Requesting information from the public is like pulling teeth and establishing something solid is difficult, especially when other groups are not concerned with your project. It feels as though we have had to change our project several times over.  Nevertheless in our report we developed mitigation measure that would create a safe environment. The map below illustrates the police report that indicates the bicycle collisions that occurred with the last year in the city of ClAccidentsaremont. The accidents occurred from May 2014 to May 2015. Clearly with the graphic representation the proximity to the schools is too hard to deny. Through the use of bike lanes the number of collisions can be reduced or even potentially eliminate the number of accidents. Through the grant that was provide the city of Claremont was able to educate the public about safe methods.

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Image provided by http://bikewalkkc.org/

Currently there is a big shift for cities to redesign their streets in a manner that would promote complete streets. The city of Claremont has been a leader in the use of bike lanes but there is still plenty of opportunities to create more safe routes for bike riders. Currently there are several grants that is provided by the states and the local transportation authority. There are several opportunities around the corner and the time to act is now.

One of the other things we were taking a look at was the idea of creating more cross walks that will provide the students at Claremont the opportunity to use the crosswalks instead of J walking. Also another thing to keep in mind is the idea of using temporary paint to create pilot programs and later evaluate if they pilot program is worth applying. This program would be a cost efficient way of creating the best program.

It would be great to see someone from the community take charge of the Safe Routes to school and create active group focused on setting up workshops with the students and parents. The purpose of our project is to focus on developing mitigation measures that would prevent any injuries. By establishing an infrastructure that would promote the safety of the students; parents might be more inclined to allow their children to take themselves to school. Overall we are in the final stages of our project and are looking forward to hearing feedback from the city of Claremont.

 

Claremont Energy Conservation Measures

The city of Claremont has become a leader in community sustainability in the state of California. Currently it is the only city that has met the goals in energy reduction set by CHERP, retrofitting 1% of their residential homes. Claremont has also been awarded the Gold Statues in the Energy Leader Partnership

In Claremont 80% of the total energy consumed comes from the residential buildings. Of the 80% energy used, the dominant fuel type is Gas and electricity. Within residential consumption it was reported in 2009 that 41% went to space heating. The enormous amount of energy consumption is attributed to energy waste that comes from the lack of proper insulation in old and new homes.

Energy Consumption Breakdown

The Community Home Retrofit program is Claremont’s response to the massive energy usage that is deriving from residential buildings. The CHERP program is a non-profit organization that helps cities organize and educate their residents on retrofitting their homes. The program is one that takes a ground up approach which involves the community and stakeholders and is purely volunteer based.

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This approach has proved very effective in Claremont, and they just completed phase 1 of the project, retrofitting 130 homes. Phase II will be retrofitting 10% of their residential homes, 1,300 homes.

Part of the education of CHERP is informing homeowners of the different rebates and finances that the state offers for their retrofit project. They have identified that the two major obstacles are (1) the lack of awareness of current technologies and (2) lack of contractors that are specialized in Whole-house energy efficiency systems.

History of Transportation in Claremont

The City of Claremont, Ca is a city that emerged from the construction of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1887 to connect Chicago and Los Angeles. The railroad allowed for  Eastern investment to come to California and buy land. In anticipation of a large influx of migration to Claremont, a Victorian style train station was built (Santa Fe Station), which is a historical and significant figure for the city.  Although efforts were made to make it accessible and land affordable the  anticipated boom never came and Claremont nearly became a ghost town.

It wasn’t until the Second World War when Claremont became increasingly popular place to live. The decline of the citrus industry in Claremont was in large part by housing developments. In 1954, San Bernardino Freeway made it possible for people to connect to Claremont.

What many city’s in Southern California and Claremont are facing are the transportation related issues. Many of those problems are directly related to the vision Los Angeles had before World War 2. Los Angeles’ vision of itself before World War 2 was naively utopian: “We can keep taking, keep growing, keep driving, and any problems we might encounter along the way will be easily handled by future generations.” Many of those after effects are become more apparent as we continue to develop sporadically without creating sustainable means of transportation.

Claremont is the hub of transportation in the area. Claremont’s transportation network is served by four main transportation providers, and by Foothill Transit and Metrolink. Nonetheless, the primary mode of transportation is still the automobile. A key element in creating sustainable communities is to provide alternative modes of transportation. The recent development of bicycle transit systems has emerged in the city, by Mobis Transportation, that provide a complete bicycle transit center, located in the Historic Claremont Depot in downtown, that includes a variety of services and amenities that make bicycling more secure and convenient, including bike parking, bike repairing and rental services.

 

Claremont Image of Sustainable City

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The City of Claremont is widely known as the city of “trees and PhDs” ,but has recently been trying to move in a new direction. The city has started various programs catered to saving energy and water in hopes of becoming a more sustainable city better known for as a sustainable city than for its trees and high concentration of post-doctorate degrees. Continue reading

The Authority of the Stakeholder: Claremont Colleges

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The Claremont Colleges are a major stakeholder, collectively representing over 30% of the population in Claremont. So when it comes to making any large decisions or taking any actions concerning funding and the Sustainability policy enacted within Claremont, the power of this stakeholder can easily advance the city in meeting its Sustainability goals. The Claremont Colleges would actively represent the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters of the five colleges: McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Pomona College. Each college recognizes the reality of the situation and the several goals envisioned for the “City of Trees”. Continue reading

Getting upfront with stakeholders

The stakeholders and individuals outlined in the Sustainable Claremont City Plan were discussed for their efforts and importance in our groups first blog post. As a group we knew that it was not sufficient for the stakeholders to be merely mentioned, we knew that further contact and outreach was needed to gain a thorough understanding of stakeholder interest in sustainability. Each member of the stakeholder group for this course contacted a member of the stakeholder list and gain more information on why the group or individual is interested in contributing to sustainability within the city of Claremont. The stakeholders that we believe to be important and named a part of the sustainability plan are the Claremont Colleges, Claremont Unified School District, and Claremont Heritage. These three main groups were chosen because of the involvement within the community and their significance. Additionally there was Pilgrim Place which was identified for their sustainability efforts by Claremont Principal Planner Christopher Veirs. Continue reading

Transit Infrastructure for a Greener Claremont

For a cleaner Claremont  there is a need to Improve existing and add new transit by implementing such projects as the Gold Line Extension offering, transit store‖ services at the Depot Transit Center, bus stop enhancements citywide, Encourage the use of electric vehicles by installing charging stations for public use. Listed below are some of the goals for infrastructure improvement and the importance they would play for cleaner mode infrastructure.

A. Support extension of the Gold Line to Claremont and Ontario International Airport and to continue the support and implementation of transit- oriented developments.

What these improvements will help with is improve the regional connection.  The more that is happens in a regional context it will help link more transportation for better connections. This is what there a lack of in the region is.  With a train station it is a great start to have such programs that connect those who travel by train to transportation around the city.

B.Continue Transit Store services at the Depot Transit Center and City (Community Services)

Continued use of transit store services at the  Depot Transit Center or even extension will attract more ridership in the Community. This is important because it brings a sense of community to the area and in terms of well-being in the community a sense of community will encourage more users. Having programs are also great for the community it will help them become more educated about the  environment and also use alternative modes of transportation.

C.Enhance bus stops citywide (benches, shelters, etc.)

The current bus stops, which attract most attention, are the ones on First Street by the train station. They have a shelter over them and have a Directory of the City. Other stops in the city just have something as simple as a bench. It is important to continue to create a more combined effort to enhance the bus stops to create more coherency. This would help improve the transit network and let people and visitors know when they are in Claremont and the transit they are using. For the directory, they should include stops that highlight Recharging stations that would create more awareness.