76. Improve Quality of Alleys as Part of the Transportation Networks

Around the world, alleys have different names that convey a very different picture of their use.  From “laneways” to “little street”, alley’s don’t have to be relegated to just service for buildings. Overcoming the perception of unsafe, dirty, and claustrophobic corridors won’t happen overnight, but the way we describe them helps change that view. As…

75. Use Coverage as a Transportation Metric

When looking to measure the success of any project, performance metrics help determine the efficacy of what was done.  Measuring any project over time using these indicators shows both progress and opportunities to take iterative course corrections.  Often, quantitative measurements are used over qualitative ones, primarily because the former is more objective.  With transportation, the…

74. Develop TODs around existing infrastructure

So often with Transit Oriented Developments (TODs), municipalities stop short of fully embracing the opportunities because they don’t have light rail.  Taking a cue from the City of Bogota‘s TransMilenio BRT system, regional cities like Indianapolis are starting with buses to spur growth. As South Bend has invested in a new pedestrian friendly street system, incorporating…

73. Create Car Free Zones on Certain Days

“A woonerf is a street or square where cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and other local residents travel together without traditional safety infrastructure to guide them. Also sometimes called a “shared street,” a woonerf is generally free of traffic lights, stop signs, curbs, painted lines, and the like.” Prior to implementing any shared streets, cities should experiment…

72. Create a Park-n-Ride System for Transpo

Developing “commuter lots”, or park and ride, on the periphery of downtown to collect motorists before they arrive downtown improves use of public transit, reduces congestion in cities, and benefits both energy consumption and the health of cities.  Park and ride facilities, sometimes called incentive parking, are parking lots with public transport connections that allow commuters and…

71. Update South Bend Bikeway Map to Look Like a Subway Map

Existing South Bend Bikeway Map: South Bend has a lot of resources for its bicycle infrastructure, partners, and events via the City’s Bike South Bend web portal.  The map below shows existing and proposed infrastructure, which presents a lot of options, but can be difficult to navigate as a user.  A few weeks ago, City…