A quick look at New Mobility West’s pilot projects and case studies.
The small city of Grand Junction is the largest metropolitan area on the western slope of Colorado and serves as a regional destination for shopping and medical services. Grand Junction is easily accessed by Interstate 70, which has a business route that runs through the heart of downtown (I-70B). An environmental assessment (EA) that was completed in 2008 indicated that due to traffic projections, the downtown portion of I-70B needed to be widened from five to seven lanes. However, since the completion of the EA, traffic had not increased as much as previously forecasted. The City of Grand Junction and the Downtown Development Authority sought to engage with the Colorado Department of Transportation to revisit the EA’s recommendations and rethink the design of downtown I-70B to match actual demands and increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
The rural city of Cascade sits in west-central Idaho about 2 hours north of Boise, and serves as a popular recreation destination for weekend warriors. However, Cascade’s abundant amenities remain hidden from many novice travelers, who often bypass the community on their way to more widely-known destinations in nearby McCall. The community sees an opportunity to not only capture more of this tourist traffic by improving their bicycle and pedestrian network, but to also improve mobility options for year-round residents. The City of Cascade sought to develop a capital improvement plan for their community that identifies projects to improve connectivity and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and to enhance the economic development of the community.
The unincorporated community of East Missoula straddles Highway 200 along the Clark Fork River, just a few short miles from the City of Missoula. The highway today provides little in the way of pedestrian amenities or demarcation, even as it gains in popularity with the recreational cyclist. Land uses consist of low density commercial and semi-industrial uses like casinos, ministorage and automotive repair. We worked with East Missoula residents and business owners to develop a new vision for the Highway 200 corridor, one that includes strategies that will enable better pedestrian circulation on and connecting to Highway 200, and for new neighborhood-oriented uses that reinforce the character and livability of the area.
In Anaconda, Montana, Park Street and Commercial Street are the two main thoroughfares. They serve as Montana Highway 1, and together they form a one-way couplet that bisects Anaconda’s historic downtown. Park and Commercial are wide, straight and function principally in their capacity as a highway, not a community main street. New Mobility West brought in the Project for Public Spaces to work with key business owners, local leaders and MDOT to develop a series of recommendations aimed at slowing down traffic and encouraging a greater level of pedestrian activity and fostering a community-oriented climate.
Bonners Ferry approached New Mobility West (NMW) for assistance in the South Hill neighborhood to improve pedestrian safety and access, relieve congestion, and maintain the small town character of their city. Under a short timeframe for decision-making on an already earmarked Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) project, to rebuild the portion of US Highway 95 that runs through this district, Bonners Ferry intended to get the community involved to help determine the final direction. Bonners Ferry requested assistance to guide a public process to identify solutions that will serve the interests of both ITD and the community.
Russell Street is one of Missoula’s primary corridors, cutting through the center of the city and providing one of only five bridge crossings over the Clark Fork River. The corridor serves as an important connection between neighborhoods in the center of Missoula, the Downtown, and the commercial districts in the southern half of the city. Despite the centrality of the Russell Street corridor, its infrastructure has long been in need of investments to enhance its safety and character. The City recently underwent an intensive planning process alongside the Missoula Department of Transportation to plan for the streetscape’s transformation into a more bikeable and walkable corridor. The next step needed was to create a plan for the land uses along the corridor so that Russell Street could ultimately redevelop into the vibrant neighborhood the community is hoping it will become someday.
In 2010, PPS developed a Street Typology system for the City of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick realized that their focus on tuning their streets for moving vehicular traffic was constricting commerce and quality of life, while also threatening bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Working in partnership with the City of Glenwood Springs, the Sonoran Institute led a process that engaged property owners and key stakeholders, including CDOT and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, to explore redevelopment opportunities for the corridor. Key activities included hosting a visioning workshop, crafting market feasible development scenarios, and outlining a set of recommendations with projects and next steps the City and other partners could take to catalyze redevelopment and improve the connectivity and walkability of the area.
The Village of Saranac Lake sought to develop this bicycle and pedestrian trail master plan to help implement its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, which includes Main Street corridor improvements.