An Action Plan for Safer Biking and Walking
Location: Cascade, Idaho
Completed Date: Summer 2015
Lead Consultant: Vitruvian Planning
Client: City of Cascade, Idaho
Challenge: The rural city of Cascade sits in west-central Idaho about two 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 City of Cascade and the Cascade Mobility Team asked for assistance in identifying top capital improvement projects for increasing connectivity and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. To that end, New Mobility West hired Vitruvian Planning to lead a public process that would result in prioritized recommendations and implementation strategies. In April 2015, Vitruvian and NMW staff spent three days in Cascade to conduct a workshop that included diagnostic activities and facilitated public meetings.
Working with the community team, NMW and Vitruvian completed a walk audit and street inventory to evaluate the current system and identify issues and opportunities for improving safety and connectivity. The team also held meetings with stakeholders, including a business forum, to understand top needs and challenges. From this process, Vitruvian developed a report that outlines several high priority projects that were identified during the workshop, as well as potential sources for funding.
Recommendations for the community were derived primarily from the stakeholder engagement process coupled with goals and objectives the community had outlined in its comprehensive plan. They ranged from short term “lighter, quicker, cheaper” design solutions, such as improved way-finding, to longer term infrastructure based solutions that involve installing new facilities and physical changes to some streetscapes.
Some key recommendations:
- Pine Street: Add sharrows for bicyclists on the downhill side of the road and a bike lane to the uphill side.
- Lake Cascade Parkway: Widen shoulders to make extra room for pedestrians and bicyclists and install “Share the Road” signs.
- The Strand Pathway: Install wayfinding signage and bike maintenance stations.
- School Street: Install paved pedestrian facilities
- Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB): RRFBs were recommended to bolster pedestrian safety at several key intersections along State Highway 55.
- For the complete list of recommendations, read the report.