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.

 

Safe Routes to School

Making streets safe since 2005.

Since the launching in 2005, Safe Routes to School has been a successful program for many cities as well as hundreds of schools all over the United States.  This program encourages students to walk or bike to school making streets safer.  Safe Routes to School begin the program with funding from a few partnerships, now over 700 supporters have pledged to support the National Partnership.  Much of these partnerships include Non-profit as well as state and local organizations. Not only are students safer when walking or bicycling to school, but this program is also contributing towards minimizing the child obesity problem that we face in the U.S. and also increasing physical activity among schools.

Claremont’s Program

Police officer in Claremont teaching students about Bicycle Safety

Police officer in Claremont educating students about Bicycle Safety

Currently the City of Claremont has a small program with the Police Department, were they go to different schools and teach kids the importance of bicycle safety.  The program consists of only two police officers on bicycles for all of their schools in Claremont. There is a need for better programs in Claremont were students could be encourage to participate due to larger staff encouragement that will have a bigger impact in the schools in Claremont. Incorporating a program like Safe Routes to School in Claremont, will encourage more students to bike to school and make use of the bicycle enhancements that already exist in Claremont.

City of Los Angeles 

National Partnership

National Partnership

City of Los Angeles is a perfect example of a successful city that Safe Routes to Schools has brought to their community and their school districts. Since the adoption of the program in spring 2011, the City of LA has been moving forward on addressing safety in streets, making it more enjoyable for students to walk or bike to school in the City of LA.  Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition and the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation have been working together in recent projects developing more safe routes to more than 700 schools in LA.

There are several ways of funding this program and contributing towards safer streets in Claremont.  In 2013, California adopted new funding for active transportation, including Safe Routes to School.  In 2014-16, there will be about $360 million dollars in grants across California for Safe Routes to School, mainly for bicycling and pedestrian projects as well as other related programs.

sources

http://www.saferoutescalifornia.org

http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/national

http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/ps.departmentservices.cfm?ID=1881

 

Goal 3.5 Transit/ Clean Mode Infrastructure

Claremont lacks transit and infrastructure that would increase ridership.  In section 3.5 it calls for better transit and clean infrastructure to help the city become greener. With the extension of the gold line to Ontario international airport and Claremont it will help these cities grow, it will help create a better regional connection, which would increase the ridership and decrease travel by automobile.  With a higher amount of commuters that will be able, to use this extension it can increase the pressure for more active transportation. In addition, it would bring more business to the area. Increasing the amount of cleaner mode infrastructure for the extension could potentially have health benefits, with cleaner mode infrastructure.

As the Depot Transit Center stands, it is not being used to its full potential. To increase ridership there needs to be incentives for different uses to pop up. This could include a snack bar to a coffee shop, which would welcome more customers and make it more convenient for long travels or anyone waiting. Currently the building is there and when people go they will possibly just walk by it and only use it to buy tickets. One example of  having more options is the Fullerton train station which has a restaurant/coffee shop.  This gives people a better perspective of a train station which increase the  experience of going in a train, which could potentially lead to more  daily users.

In terms of bus stops, one bus that comes in mind is the BRAVO in Orange County. It is a regional connector for the cities. It is more efficient and has fewer stops, its main stops are for the biggest streets, Also to enhance the bust stop there needs to be consistency. There needs to be something on the bus stops to stand out. This would ultimately create a sense of identity for Claremont. There would need to create a sense of uniformity through the city. In Anaheim you can tell when you are in the city especially  around the Disney Area. Having built with shading and making them look unique give a good perspective of the area and riding the bus. This could also include having more signage and directory to increase the amount

TOD would be the major thing to continue to develop. With a station in Claremont, it needs to have more options to expand its current use.  One option is the way that Santa Ana is moving toward the streetcar.  Santa Ana Currently approved the Street Car, which would be similar to the one that is currently in Oregon. This option is similar to Claremont because of the way that DTSA has its streets. ld One of the proposed streets that is similar to Claremont would be fourth street which currently has  diagonal parking. http://santaanatransitvision.com/images/graphic_map_routes_rev.jpg The parking itself would change but I would open up the city and give people more access to the sounding areas.  Being that It is such a small city as well it could look at the option of also introducing a trolley that runs through the city. This would bring more visibility to Claremont.

3.3 Bicycle Enhancements and Education

GOAL: Increase bicycling by adding improvements that make bicycling more safe, convenient and enjoyable.  Improvements to include: bike route signing, additional bicycle lanes and paths, and additional bicycle racks.  Education should include outreach to schools and the broader community with periodic bicycle training classes at all schools regarding cycling safety.

The City of Claremont is working towards increasing bicycle activity in the streets as well as bicycle programs to encourage residents to use their bike as a form of transportation. Claremont’s Bike Plan mentions the Bicycle Transportation Account Compliance Document being one of their main sources of funding for bicycle infrastructure and improvements to the streets making them more bike-friendly.  In this plan Claremont also mentions having many bike racks throughout the City, which is good, but there  a concern with safety because having a bike rack doesn’t guarantee that someone’s bike will never been stolen.  Incorporating an idea that could make people feel safer, could be a key element that could attract more people to start riding in the City.

Many communities are moving towards a more efficient way of commuting through their city. Currently there is a bike share program that has been successful and is now been adopted by many cities in California and many cities around the World.  Some of those cities include Anaheim, Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Washington, Denver, Vancouver, Kansas City, Mexico City and many others.  The Ride Share Program main objective is to make it easier for residents to use a bike and travel through the city in a more eco-friendly way. This Ride Share Program consists of bike stations throughout the city were people could have easy access to each station based on their destination. This program is easy to use, it consists of picking up a bike from one of the bike stations in the city, riding it to a final destination and returning the bike in a close-by station.  There is a membership fee for the use of this program and they go from $8- $9 dollars for 24 hr, $15 monthly and $90 annually.  There is another fee after paying the membership, consisting on how long is the ride.  The first 30 min of the ride are free following by 30 min-1 hr for a $1 and after that every 30 more will be $4.

The Ride Share Program is easy to use and having this idea of easy mobility throughout the city, it continues to impact many cities that have adopted this program.  Claremont trying to set apart from nearby cities by becoming more bike friendly, this is a perfect program that could help evolve this City by providing more options for people to use a bike as a form of transportation in the City.