As Earth Week enters day 3 with plenty of more fun events to come (plus Meigan’s, Deidre’s, and Meredyth’s birthdays…), next Tuesday features the 3rd Annual GIFT Project Showcase during the Earth Week Expo from 12 – 1 in the Newcomb Lounge (between the Ballroom and Kaleidoscope).
Featured there in addition to Bike UVA’s light giveaway (that will occur later in the day at Green Ground’s Bike Safe! during the helluVa Festival, will be Green Grounds’ results from Sustained Mobility event in late February. As Sustainapita reminded me on Tuesday, one of my defining experiences at UVa has been the hands-on nature with my chosen activities and Green Grounds has been a big part of it.
As a little taste of what you will see Tuesday, here are some of the general observations from Sustained Mobility that will be synthesized in the next 2 weeks to form a prioritized plan to be adopted by UVa this Fall much like the Carbon Reduction Plan of 2011 and Nitrogen Reduction Plan of 2013.
Here’s a link to the maps with proposed layers for the Sustained Mobility Workshop.
Buses: Figure 1
- Consider identifying user needs to shape bus transit, whether it be faster travel times or more convenient bus stops
- UTS and CAT bus route education and awareness (e.g. service routes, transfer opportunities, user responsibilities)
- Evaluate bus headway to reduce instances of several buses arriving at once (both UTS and CAT)
- Advertisement of TransLoc® at UTS bus stops
- Incorporate into TransLoc® whether a bus is full
- Incorporate into TransLoc® CAT Trolley service
- Beginning UTS bus service earlier to cater to students with earlier commitments
- (e.g. jobs at establishments on Grounds)
- Mitigate crowding in the morning
- Provide more shade/shelter at bus stops
Bikes: Figure 2
- Provide bike lanes with a distinguished color from the main travel lanes
- Provide pavement contrast or other alert for pedestrians to look for bicyclistswhen a bike lane passes through a crosswalk
- Sell bike lights and helmets at the Bookstore and TJs Locker
- Install more bike racks, particularly at Lambeth Field Residence Area and Alderman Road Residence Area
- Promote bicycle awareness related to the following:
- Right-of-way of bicyclists and motorists and yielding to cyclists
- Meaning of sharrow pavement markings
- Consider a bicycle safety pledge for students, faculty, and staff
- Related to the Bike Transit consider the following:
- Implement event-based Bike Transit stations
- Expand Bike Transit to Barracks Road and the Downtown Mall
- Develop an online class/quiz for bike and passenger vehicle users to take as part of the Bike Transit program; or consider an incentive to taking the class/quiz by offering a discount to the Bike Transit program
- Consider enhanced safety for bicyclists related to the following:
- Increased reflectivity of sharrow pavement markings
- Bollards or flex posts to improve delineation of bike lanes
- Install bike ramps by stairs around Grounds
- Provide covered storage for bikes
Pedestrian Mobility Figure 3
- Address runoff flooding of pedestrian travel ways
- Provide grass strips (verge) between sidewalk and road to separate pedestrians from bike lanes and travel lanes
- The verge could also serve as increased storm water runoff and retention
- Consider alternative methods to verge designation such as a permeable treatment to double as a running path
- Repair uneven sidewalk surfaces around grounds, particularly brick paver sections
- Install more detectable warning surfaces at crosswalks to alert pedestrians
- Identify major student cut-through paths that can be enhanced (i.e. improved and/or dedicated path) to include lighting
Safety: Figure 4
- limit or restrict vehicular access on McCormick Road between class changes, including University service vehicles, and restrict access via the ramp from Emmet Street.
- criteria for installing in-pavement crosswalk lighting to establish thresholds for installation (e.g. crash history, proximity to existing traffic signals, volume, proximity to a bus stop, etc.)
- evaluate existing crosswalks to determine if there are opportunities to consolidate crosswalks.
- Specific to Rugby Road, construction of speed tables south of Culbreth Road may reduce driver speeds and enhance the safety of pedestrian crossings; however, there may be implications to bus and emergency response access.
What do you think of these? How would you rank or prioritize these? Leave your comments below!