A Process for the Evaluation and Prioritization of Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

Billings, Montana recently updated its community-wide non-motorized transportation plan. The original plan, adopted in 1994, listed several priority projects, which were selected based solely on public opinion. As the process of updating this plan evolved, an innovative method for prioritizing potential projects was developed. Many bicycle and pedestrian plans have defined criteria for comparison of proposed projects, but very few have developed a system of prioritization based on objective data and calculations. For the City of Billings, two separate prioritization methods were developed, one for proposed primary on-street bikeways and another for proposed multi-use trails. The goal throughout the development of these methods was to produce a ranking methodology that the City of Billings could use as an on-going tool to compare one potential project to another. The criteria used for prioritizing on-street facilities were route continuity, non-motorized travel demand, bicycle compatibility index, and public opinion. The criteria that were used for prioritizing multi-use trails were safety, connectivity/accessibility, route continuity, aesthetics/recreational value, non-motorized travel demand, and public opinion. This paper will present the reasoning behind the development of this prioritization method, as well as provide a summary of similar methods being used in other areas. Results of the prioritization process will be included along with feedback and recommendations.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; References;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01006820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2005 4:04PM