Shelbyville Bike Trails Meeting

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Published on March 4, 2014

Author: jgarlits



Shelbyville Indiana active transportation advocacy meeting.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Blue River Community Foundation, 4 p.m. BICYCLE TRAILS ACTION TEAM MEETING Rolling Strong into 2014 and Beyond 1

Agenda • Mayor Tom DeBaun Welcome and Comments 3 • Karen Martin of Shelbyville Parks and Recreation on BRT grant 4 • Denise Holland on Active Living Workshop grant 5 • Rupert Boneham of “Rupert’s Kids” 6 • Mario Vian of Hoosier Rails to Trails Council update on U.S. Bicycle Route # 35 7 • Jim Garlits on Active Transportation -- Walking, Biking, Public Trans 8 • Creation of Mayor’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee 16 • Open Floor -- Discussion 17 • Adjourn 2

Tom DeBaun, Shelbyville Mayor Welcome and Opening Comments 3

Karen Martin, Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Blue River Trail transportation grant 4

Denise Holland, HSC Active Living Workshop 5

Rupert Boneham Coming soon to Shelbyville 6

Mario Vian – Hoosier Rails to Trails Council U.S. Bike Route 35 Update 7

Jim Garlits – Bike Trails Action Team Coordinator Active Transportation Walking, Biking, Public Transportation 7

A Pleasant Surprise We will be giving the keynote address on Saturday morning, April 26th, At the Indiana Bike Summit at the Bloomington convention center. The topic is “Shelbyville Success Story.”

What is Active Transportation? The best way to describe active transportation is with the phrase “I got there under my own power.” *Walking *Bicycling *Wheelchair *In-line skates *Skateboarding Premise: Everyone is a pedestrian Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share— Health & Well-Being Safety everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians are usually overlooked when roads are built, and therefore experience higher fatality rates than drivers. They also foot the Walkability bill for transportation infrastructure under a myriad of taxes (fuel taxes only fund a fraction anymore) but reap no benefit because the roads are built to exclude them. No sidewalks. No bike lanes. No side-paths. Adding them only adds 3% to a project. Equity & Prosperity Sustainability

Why Active Transportation and Why Shelbyville? Nearly 1/3 of the United States population is transportation disadvantaged and without reliable access to food, medical care, employment or educational opportunities. Americans in the lowest 20 percent income bracket, many of whom live in rural settings, spend about 42 percent of their total annual incomes on transportation, compared to 22 percent among middle-income Americans. The right time to do the right thing 6 . Like every other community, Shelbyville wants to be a place 5 where people can live, work, and play. By addressing active transportation in a deliberate way, we eliminate the risk that inaction could bring: Population outflow, stagnation and decline. 4 3 By deliberately planning for success, we ensure it. A vibrant and thriving downtown. Neighborhoods that are connected to parks, schools, and businesses by safe and aesthetically pleasing 2 1 walking and biking facilities. Policies and plans that send the message that we want people to walk and bike, and infrastructure that allows them to safely do so. 0 Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Series 1 Series 2 Category 4 Series 3

What Does Active Transportation Look Like?

All Stakeholders With the coordinated efforts of all interested parties, our work can be energizing and effective. By including city and county government, parks and recreation, economic development and redevelopment entities, private businesses, health organizations, senior services, volunteer organizations, churches, and private citizens, we can ensure that all voices are heard, those interested in advocating for active transportation, as well as the drivers with whom we share the road, and the adjacent homes and businesses. Relevancy Everyone’s time is precious. Still, many are realizing that being actively engaged in the betterment of the local community is important work. The outcomes from active transportation will be apparent on multiple levels, as something worth getting involved in and bragging about. Positive health outcomes. Better economic opportunities for more people. Creating social connections and community pride. Making Shelbyville an even more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

Methods From walkability studies, curbside chats, bike level of service surveys, complete streets and safe routes to school models, to tactical urbanism events, bike to business boosts and other types of economic flashmob gatherings, bike and pedestrian advocacy can be downright fun as well as helpful to the community. LAB’s 5 E’s … adapted Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride bikes, and preparing a community for the needed changes to infrastructure, policies, and mindsets. Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates walking and bicycling Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to walk, ride and park Enforcement: Ensuring safe roads for all users Evaluation & Planning: Planning for walking and bicycling as a safe and viable transportation options

We’re following some experienced shoe leather Shelbyville and Shelby County aren’t creating these proposals in a vacuum. We are in a position to capitalize on best practices and proven outcomes from similar sized cities around the U.S. Fact is, not only does walkability and bikeability provide a catalyst for downtown redevelopment, improve health outcomes for citizens, create economic opportunities, and beautify public space…it ties us to a place, and builds community pride. A city is never finished becoming what it is. It is always a work in progress, or regress. Shelbyville’s motto is “Pride in Progress.” Together, lets make it so.

Mayor’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee • Stakeholder sign up to be on committee • Mayor appoints committee chairperson 4

Open for discussion 4


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