Archive-Bike Master Plan

Strategies for improving the accessibility and safety of the campus for cyclists...

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A Bike Master Plan is an Innovation goal in the Cornell Climate Action Plan (CAP).



Implement a comprehensive bike master plan to improve the safety and accessibility of campus and public roadways.

Goal: Develop a Bicycle Master Plan for Cornell’s Ithaca Campus, with recommendations for increasing bicycle usage, improving bicycle infrastructure, implementing bicycle friendly policies, and increasing overall safety of cyclists.

Cornell supports cycling as a sustainable means of commuting to and from campus, as well as an excellent means of transportation within the campus. In April 2006, as part of the transportation-focused Generic Environmental Impact Statement, Cornell conducted a travel survey of the entire campus community that provides the most recent bicycle commuting data. The survey indicated that 3% of employees, 4% of graduate students, and 1.4% of undergraduate students commute by bicycle. The bike master plan will target the employee and student populations in an effort to increase these percentages.


The Campus Planning Office, in cooperation with Transportation Services, is currently seeking a consultant to assist with the development of a Bicycle Master Plan for campus, to be completed by December 2015 or sooner. It is intended that this Plan will be part of an update to the Cornell Master Plan. The bike plan will include recommendations for improving the accessibility and safety of the campus for cyclists, as well as recommendations regarding cycling policies, procedures, and staffing for the University. The plan will examine and prioritize various infrastructure improvements, such as additional marked bike lanes, pedestrian-shared paths, dismount zones, covered bike parking, bike stairs, etc.

The proposed bike master plan will also include recommendations regarding improvements to better facilitate inter-modal use with the transit system. The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses which serve Cornell’s Ithaca Campus are currently equipped with bike racks.

Cornell’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee meets regularly to address bicycle issues and needed improvements. This group, as well as existing biking organizations at Cornell, will be among the broader Cornell community stakeholders who will be engaged in a comprehensive process to create the bike plan.

Goals of the Bike Master Plan include:
1) Increase ridership among students and employees to reduce single occupancy vehicle commuting.
2) Identify amenities and resources needed to promote increased ridership and address key obstacles to behavior change, for example, “It’s too hot, too cold, too far, too hilly, too bumpy, too unsafe, etc.”
3) Identify bike routes on campus and incorporate these routes into complete street planning for future construction/renovations on campus to ensure set-backs, etc. for cyclists).
4) Encourage stakeholder participation in the planning process, and document/prioritize stakeholder input into a plan which has broad community consensus, to the extent possible.
5) Set realistic and measurable goals to increase cycling and reduce commuter travel impacts at Cornell, including quantifiable GHG emissions resulting from implementation of the plan.

The implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan recommendations will have a direct impact on the larger community by improving connectivity between neighborhoods and improving neighborhood livability for residents. By reducing single occupancy vehicle use, the Plan should also reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion, and improve the overall health of the community.

Next Steps

  • Secure funding to hire a consultant and prepare a plan.
  • Encourage stakeholder participation in the planning process, and document/prioritize stakeholder input into a plan which has broad community consensus, to the extent possible.
  • The intent of implementing a comprehensive bike master plan has been expanded to a bike and pedestrian plan in the context of optimizing viability for a range of sustainable and multi-modal transportation options. Public update on this change will be available after the new Transportation Planner becomes involved.

Resources

The success of this action item hinges on support from the University administration, financial resources to prepare the plan, and stakeholder participation and advocacy.