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Got Bridge?

Bicycle and Pedestrian Access on the New Gerald Desmond Bridge
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Mark Bixby

on 9 March 2011

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How can a Port be "Green"
and not provide for
bicycle and pedestrian access? $ Users Workers Live Aboards Tourists Dollars $4,000,000,000 Harbor
Commission Coastwalk Pacific
Coast
Trail Harbor
Visitors 6,000
Terminal
Island
Employees 1,200 Boat Slips
Wilmington 5 Commissioners 5 of 5 agree bike and ped paths should be included 3 of 5 think money is the critical issue The other two say the Port can afford it Port Capital Improvement Projects Budget 2009-2010 Annual Budget $810,000,000 And you can't find $30 million
for a legally mandated bicycle/ped path? $950,000,000 Percentage Bidding a bid that includes an
integralbike / ped path will be more competitive Access It's all about Questions??? The Law Case Studies Approvals California
Coastal
Commission 16,000
Port
Workers We know there are bicyclists
who want to ride to work. “I’d ride my bike to work every day if I had a safe way to get across the bridge and onto the island…”Mark AbercrombieDeck Hand,Harley Marine “Our employees care about the environment and are doing what they can to ensure a sustainable future for their children and their children’s children.”

- Harley Franco, CEO
Harley Marine “Our employees care about the environment and are doing what they can to ensure a sustainable future for their children and their children’s children.”
Harley Marine
Harley Franco, Chairman and CEO “The Port and Harley Marine will not be able to reach their goal of becoming “Green” without inclusion of bicycles in every aspect of their operations. From employees commuting to worker movement in the port, the bicycle can play a valuable role in reducing emissions to zero in these applications. This is a great way to offset carbon and pollution credits.”Doug Houghton, General Manager “You’re from Long Beach –maybe you can answer a question. I’ve always wanted to ride the coastal trail…but how do I get through the port?”Jim Sayer,President Adventure Cycling Association Quotes "It's the right thing to do."
- Mike Walters
Harbor Commissioner "The Port can afford it."
- Mario Cordero,
Harbor Commissioner Green Port Adopt a "Bicycle-Friendly" leg
to the Green Port Policy Port Authority of New York / New Jersey A Bike/ped bridge facility, along with an integrated bike policy, will lead to a reduced carbon foot print for the port and reduced operating costs. Less than 10% of people will regularly ride on busy streets… especially those with truck traffic.
But on safe protected facilities up to almost 70% of people are more likely to use the facility. Separated Facilities It's about safety &
separation from truck traffic CA State Highways Code 888 Access Law Harbor Commission Workers Live Aboards Tourists It's all about pubic ACCESS CA State Highways Code 888 CalTrans Project Development
Procedures Manual (PDPM)
Chapter 31, Article 1 CalTrans Deputy Directive DD 64 R-1
Complete Streets -Integrating the Transportation System California Coastal Act (2010) Federal: Title 23 U.S.C. §217:
Bicycle Transportation and
Pedestrian Walkways "The department shall not construct a state highway as a freeway that will result in the severance or destruction of an existing major route for nonmotorized transportation traffic and light motorcycles, unless it provides a reasonable, safe, and convenient alternate route or such a route exists. The alternate route should not consist of significant out-of-direction travel, additional grades of significant length or slope, or high-volume routes with narrow shoulders."


“Road improvement projects …. must consider the needs of nonmotorized roadway users of all ages and abilities and exceptions are to be granted only in extreme circumstances. The Federal Highway Administration recommends including up to 20% of the project cost to address non-motorized access improvements.” “Bicyclists, pedestrians, and nonmotorized traffic are permitted on all State facilities, unless prohibited (CYC, section 21960). …Therefore, the Department and local agencies have the duty to provide for the safety and mobility needs of all who have legal access to the transportation system.” Article 2:
Public access from the nearest public roadway to the shoreline and along the coast shall be provide in new development projects….
Development shall not interfere with the public’s right of access to the sea…

Article 6:
The location and amount of new development should maintain and enhance public access to the coast by:
Providing non-automobile circulation with the development…. (e) Bridges.-- In any case where a highway bridge deck being replaced or rehabilitated with Federal financial participation is located on a highway on which bicycles are permitted to operate at each end of such bridge, and the Secretary determines that the safe accommodation of bicycles can be provided at reasonable cost as part of such replacement or rehabilitation, then such bridge shall be so replaced or rehabilitated as to provide such safe accommodations.

(g) Planning and Design.
Bicycle transportation facilities and pedestrian walkways shall be considered, where appropriate, in conjunction with all new construction and reconstruction of transportation facilities...
Safety considerations. --Transportation plans and projects shall provide due consideration for safety and contiguous routes for bicyclists and pedestrians. “The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. DOT Policy Statement on
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation
(March 11, 2010) “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey supports bicycling as an important and sustainable mode of travel. We seek to meet emerging demand by integrating improved bicycle access, safe bicycle lanes, and secure bicycle parking and storage into existing Port Authority buildings, roadways and other facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority.”

- Port Authority Bicycle-Friendly Plan Adopted Feb 25, 2010 Supporters Long Beach Cyclists
Velo Allegro Cycling Club (LB)
Lightning Velo Cycling Club (LB)
La Habra Cyclery Team (LB)
Bikestation & Mobis Transportation What Others are Doing "The Port can afford it."
- Harbor Commissioner "We should do the right thing."
- Mike Walters, Commissioner Coastal
Commission The final permitting authority Port area employees Terminal Island employees "I'd ride my bike to work every day if I had a safe way to get across the bridge and onto the island."

- Mark Abercrombie, Deck Hand
Harley Marine “The Port and Harley Marine will not be able to reach their goal of becoming “Green” without inclusion of bicycles in every aspect of their operations.”
- Doug Houghton, General Manager
Harley Marine Private boat owners and live aboards should have access to bike and pedfacilities, as they do in other world class ports boat slips north of Terminal Island Pacific Coast Bicycle Route “You’re from Long Beach –maybe you can answer a question. I'm riding the Pacific Coastal trail…but how do I get through the port?”
- Jim Sayer, President
Adventure Cycling Association Green Port Every gallon of gasoline/diesel not burned reduces CO2 emission by 20+ pounds saving $3.00 in fuel cost An integrated bicycle and pedestrian policy will lead to a reduced carbon foot print for the port and reduced operating costs. Separated
Facilities Less than 10% of people will regularly ride busy streets, especially those with truck traffic. But on safe protected facilities, up to 67% of people are more likely to use the facility.
* Study for Ashland, OR, Kittleson & Assoc. 2010 Case
Studies Two-Steps Gerald Desmond Bridge (1) Vincent Thomas Bridge (2) Port Authority NY/NJ Bike Master Plan Goals and Objectives
Meet emerging demand by integrating improved bicycle access, safe bicycle lanes, and secure bicycle parking and storage into existing Port Authority buildings, roadways and other facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority.
Develop multimodal transit hubs that encourage biking and walking.
Remove unnecessary restrictions on bicycle access, and promote the safe coexistence of motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at Port Authority facilities.
Encourage tenants to expand bicycle access and accommodation.
Coordinate bicycle facility improvements and intermodal connections with regional planning organizations, other regional transportation providers, and local governments. of annual revenue available
for capital projects Gerald Desmond Bridge project “We have told the Port and the City and Caltrans that they need to build in a bike pedestrian path into this bridge. That from our perspective, it is not enough to just design it into the bridge; they have to actually construct it.”
- Peter Douglas
Executive Director
California Coastal Commission “Get it right the first time
that’s the main thing,
Get it right the second time
that’s not the same thing.”

- Billy Joel
The Stranger
“I feel strongly that protected bicycle lanes are essential on this bridge.”
- Robert Garcia,
Second District Councilman "I just want to ride
my bike to work."

- Clay Holick
Longshoreman Sierra Club (National)
Long Beach Sustainable City Commission
California Coastal Commission
Coast Walk League of American Bicyclists
Adventure Cycling Association
Downtown Long Beach Associates
California Bicycle Coalition
California Association of Bicycle Organizations Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
CA Dot BAC
A Running Experience
SCOR Cardiac Cyclists
Alliance for Bicycling and Walking With a separated facility, CalTrans can't "take back" the bike lane when they add a fourth traffic lane to the shoulder. Safety - limit mixing of trucks and cars at offramps Employers $ Dollars It a comes down to the dollars Planned cap ex projects POLB 2009 Budget $550,000,000+ from California taxpayers
$250,000,000+ from Federal taxpayers
$114,000,000 from POLB POLB pays NOTHING
more for a bike/ped path
if the bids come in lower
than the $950,000,000 "If the budget exceeds the $950,000,000, the Port can pay the overrun."
- Harbor Commissioner 4,000,000,000 810,000,000 56% 950,000,000 Timeline 1990's.........2002.......2006....2009....2010..2011..2012..2015 16,000 6,000 Users 1,200 Port Visitors San Francisco
Bay Bridge Portland
Steel Bridge [Legislative Summary] AB 1358 requires the legislative body of a city or county, upon revision of the circulation element of their general plan, to identify how the jurisdiction will provide for the routine accommodation of all users of the roadway including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, individuals with disabilities, seniors, and users of public transportation. The bill also directs the Office of Planning and Research to amend guidelines for the development of general plan circulation elements so that the building and operation of local transportation facilities safely and conveniently accommodate everyone, regardless of their mode of travel. California Complete Streets Act
Assembly Bill 1358
(Effective January 1, 2009) Routes Severed by Freeways:
An existing major route for nonmotorized traffic may be any of the following:
• Conventional highway or expressway [e.g., Existing Gerald Desmond Bridge]
• Sidewalk on a conventional highway: The sidewalk may be principally for pedestrian use but may also be used by bicyclists when permitted by local ordinance. [e.g., Existing Gerald Desmond Bridge walkway]
Alternative Routes
A reasonable, safe, and convenient alternate route can consist of a system of local routes or State highways. The alternate route should not consist of significant out of direction travel, additional grades of significant length or slope, or highvolume routes with narrow shoulders. Separated Bicycle and
Pedestrian Facilities
on the Gerald Desmond
Bridge Replacement "Please do not treat us as second class citizens by denying us access to facilities we pay for. I respectfully request that the Board require the Gerald Desmond Bridge to be built with cycling and pedestrian facilities.”
- Brian Cox, Jax Bicycle Center Commuters Thousands visit the Port of Long Beach each year. Where is the best place to view the Port? From the top of the GDB. "I feel it is imperative that these bike/ped facilities are included..."
- First District (Harbor) Councilperson Suja Lowenthal POLB Projected Bike/Ped
Facilities Cost:
$48,000,000
5% of total budget

Federal threshold for Bike/Ped accomodation:
20% of total budget End Game Commit now to mandatory bike/ped inclusion
Commit now to adoption of bicycle-friendly leg to POLB Green Port policy Got Bridge? Vincent
Thomas
Bike Path 1,005,000,000 POLB 2009 Current Assets
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