The City of Santa Monica adopted a landmark bicycle master plan, setting forth a detailed action program to improve the city’s bicycling environment. Guided and supported by Santa Monica’s award-winning 2010 Land Use and Circulation Element, the Bike Action Plan offers a coordinated range of implementation strategies for the city’s bold “No Net New Vehicle Trips” policy.
Nelson\Nygaard laid out a five-year implementation strategy and a 20-year vision with aggressive increases in bikeway lane mileage of 30 and 50 miles, respectively. A hallmark of our plan was the recommended use of innovative treatments, including colored, buffered bike lanes; cycle tracks; neighborhood greenways (including an extensive traffic diversion and calming program); and transit supportive bike stations.
To develop the near-term implementation plan, Nelson\Nygaard conducted detailed fieldwork of all proposed bicycle corridors, including curb-to-curb and lane-width measurements, identification of barriers, and an assessment of intersection geometries and signal operations. This street-by-street reconnaissance informed the development of priority bikeway corridor streets and the formation of proposed cross sections. We provided planning-level cost estimates, maintenance policies, monitoring requirements, and funding/policy tools.