Thursday, November 8, 2018
How to speed up the delivery of bike-ped projects
People outside the transportation agency world often think that bike-ped projects (sidewalks, bikeways, bike lanes, etc.) should be quick and easy to design and build. But it ain’t necessarily so. These projects often have problems and issues just like other, larger projects, including competition for funding, lack of expertise, controversy within agencies, controversy with the local community, and – wait for it – challenges from environmental agencies.
There are ways of speeding up these projects, and I’m happy to have been part of a great team that has put together a workbook filled with tips for doing just that. Sponsored by FHWA, the workbook is entitled “Strategies for Accelerating Multimodal Project Delivery” and is available here. Also available on that webpage are a related slideshow and access to a webinar (including my dulcet tones). The document is based not only on the pooled expertise of the authors but also on extensive conversations with many practitioners, who shared their experience with us. All this information has been distilled into easy-to-use text, with case studies and links to other sources.
If you are involved in any step in the project development pipeline for bike-ped projects, I think you will find this workbook very useful.