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Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Update Schedule

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) requests annual or biannual updates from involved departments, or department divisions regarding the status of Bicycle Master Plan implementation. Establishing this schedule: (1) provides information to SBAB for tracking the status of implementation activities; (2) encourages transparency and accountability amongst city entities regarding their responsibilities to successfully implement the Bicycle Master Plan; and (3) fosters communication and coordination between city, county, and regional entities that have implementation responsibilities for the Bicycle Master Plan.

Instituting an annual implementation update schedule helps fulfill SBAB’s duties to monitor the progress of implementation as described in the 2007 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (BMP Implementation Action 4.6). It also supports Strategy 3.3B of the 2005 Transportation Strategic Plan (TSP) update, which calls for the establishment of stronger links between SBAB and city departments. As the TSP notes, SBAB has “broad interests and contains expertise that can be a benefit to planning, design, and implementation of projects. It can also aid in establishing policies and practices that help meet the City’s transportation goals of balancing the access needs of various modes.”*

Implementation updates should consider both the short- and long-term effects on Bicycle Master Plan goals, objectives and actions, and they should be evaluated by the performance measures developed to chart the Plan’s successful implementation by 2016.

Activity

Entity

Schedule

Purpose/BMP Actions

Complete Streets

SDOT Policy & Planning

January

Review how Arterial Asphalt and Concrete (AAC) projects address requirements in the Complete Streets Ordinance (where bicycle lanes and other improvements can be incorporated). (BMP Action 4.1).

Bicycle parking

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning

 

January

Review bicycle parking projects (BMP Action 2.5).

Bicycling in Seattle

SDOT Director and/or Transportation Committee

February

Hear from the SDOT Director and the City Council Transportation Committee Chair on plans and priorities for cycling in Seattle.

Bike Boulevards

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning

 

March

Review bike boulevard projects and new design efforts (BMP Implementation Action 4.12)

On-street bicycle facilities (Design Schedule)

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning; traffic operations implementation

 

March

Design schedule review – SBAB reviews the final list of projects and some designs prior to the implementation of onstreet projects begins (BMP Actions 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 4.12-13).

Enforcement

Seattle Police Department

April

Inform SBAB of enforcement activities occurring to help improve bicycling conditions in Seattle (BMP Actions 3.3-3.4)

Education & Outreach

SDOT; Cascade Bicycle Club (subcontractor)

April

Annual update on education activities, outreach, and programs (BMP Actions 3.1-3.2, 3.4).

Update on Parks Projects & Trails

Parks Department

May

Annual update from the Parks Department on Projects, trail maintenance, Levy projects, and other opportunities to incorporate, and maintain bikeways around park facilities (BMP Actions 1.8, 4.10).

Urban Trails & Bikeways

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning; Capital Projects & Roadway Structures; Parks Department

 

June

Review of the Seattle Urban Trails & Bikeways network projects before the summer construction season commences (BMP Implementation Actions 1.2, 1.6, & 4.12) .

Signage recommendations and debrief

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning

 

June

SBAB provides advice and guidance on upcoming signage season projects (BMP Actions 1.3 & 1.7).

On-street bicycle facilities (mid-season update)

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning

 

July

Allows SDOT to inform SBAB of progress and/or modifications to the current year’s work plan (BMP Actions 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 4.12-13).

Funding efforts

SDOT Policy & Planning; City Council; Mayor’s office.

 

August

Update on grant funding efforts and overall efforts for funding the implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP Actions 3.4, 4.2, 4.3)

Safe Routes to School

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning

August

Update on new projects, funding, and other issues (BMP Action 3.9).

On-street bicycle facilities (Preliminary Design)

SDOT Traffic management – multimodal planning; traffic operations implementation

 

September

SBAB members provide recommendations and review on the proposed list of next year’s on-street bikeways (BMP Actions 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 4.12-13).

Transit

Metro & Sound Transit

October

Update on transit activities, sharing right-of-ways and accommodation of bicycles on buses, commuter trains, and light rail (BMPActions 2.1-2.4)

Drainage, trails, etc.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU)

October

Annual update from SPU on its efforts to improve hazardous drains and other SPU maintained infrastructure affecting bicycling conditions in Seattle (BMP Actions 1.8, 4.10).

Bicycle facilities and planning and design

Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

November

Annual update from DPD on their efforts to incorporate more bicycle-friendly design (bike parking, showers, other amenities impacting land use and cycling) in DPD activities and codes (BMP Actions 2.6, 4.10).

Policies and ordinances

SDOT Policy & Planning

December

Updates on progress to update the ROWIM (BMP Action 4.9) and other SDOT mechanisms to affect policies and ordinances concerning cycling.

Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs)

Capital Projects & Roadway Structures; SDOT Policy & Planning

Ongoing

Ad hoc review of individual projects that impact bicycling (BMP Actions 4.1, 4.7, 4.8).

 

City of Seattle, Transportation Strategic Plan, 2005 Update, 3.3B Strategies, Chapter 3, pp. 86-87. Available at: http://www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/tsphome.htm.