I like to bike for my errands and recreation, so I've thought a bit about how to best get around the Englewood area. I've been thinking about what routes are the best using these criteria:
- Connecting destinations (schools, retail, transit hubs)
- Crossing major car-oriented streets at safe locations (e.g. crossing Broadway on Dartmouth is easier than on Eastman)
- Minimized interaction with cars (e.g. biking on Dartmouth is generally better than Hampden)
I was pleasantly surprised today to find some maps and plans from the city of Englewood:
- An overall page on biking in Englewood
- A citywide bike map that does a great job of illustrating connections between common destinations, though I want to evaluate some of the routes a bit more
- The "Walk and Wheel plan from 2015" with 64 pages
- The 2017 Englewood Master Plan - the most recent/current version of our master plan with 157 pages
- The 2003 Englewood Comprehensive Plan with 150 pages
These different documents mention a few metrics and goals worth considering for the future.
From the Walk and Wheel plan:
- 91 miles of bicycle/ped paths/trails
- 42.6 miles of on-street bike routes
- 45 bicycle parking racks (maintained by the city, more are maintained by private organizations)
- The map of Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) on page B-16 is quite interesting to compare to the current city bike map.
- Bike commute mode share is 1.55% and pedestrian commute mode share is 2.75%
Other metrics to consider:
- How many miles of on-street routes are LTS1/2/3/4 on the Mineta Transportation Institute report scale?
- How many injuries and deaths occur related to transportation (i.e. Vision Zero metrics).
- Mode-share of walking and wheels
- WalkScore / TransitScore / BikeScore for reference locations (e.g. 1 address in several parts of the city)