We believe that with its current tools and funding momentum, along with some careful planning and the use of current tools in new ways, the City of Greensboro can provide safe bicycle facilities that are within a mile of 80% of its residents by 2020 and a useful connected network of such facilities that are within a half-mile of 80% of its residents by 2025.
- On the short term, we are helping Greensboro to raise the city from its current Bronze bicycle status to Silver by 2021 by planning, designing and implementing a series of low-cost bicycle and pedestrian improvements along a strategic network of city roadways. This will include using existing infrastructure tools to reduce traffic speeds along both main arterial roads and residential streets which will in turn increase local participation of bicycling and walking. We expect a travel-to-work by bike mode share of 3% or more, from a current 1.39%, by the 2020 census.
- For our long-term strategy, we will help Greensboro to raise the city to Gold bicycle status by 2025 by planning, designing and implementing a series of medium-cost bicycle and pedestrian improvements along strategic networks of streets, including an inner and outer active-transportation beltway of existing city streets. This will include further use of existing infrastructure tools in new ways to reduce traffic speeds along both main arterial roadways and residential streets, as well as build protected bikeways and priority signals, which are already used for cars, which will in turn further increase local participation of bicycling and walking. We expect a travel-to-work by bike mode share of 5% or more by 2025.
- We also aspire to help provide the non-physical infrastructure needed to support bicycling as a viable transportation choice for all Greensboro residents, including safe, secure and easily accessible bike parking city wide, bike repair services in every major neighborhood, and a bicycle cooperative that complements and supports the services of commercial bike shops, but focused upon disadvantaged neighborhoods and training of future skilled bicycle mechanics. We are happy to provide a community service with area bike shops and institutions to remove and recycle unwanted used bicycles, and work with our partners to provide repaired used bicycles to needy immigrants, refugees, and low-income Greensboro residents.
- We pledge to work with our partners and City Council to create a City Transportation Commission, with both district-level and modal representation, similar to the current GTA Board and the Planning Commission, to advise the City Council on transportation issues. Representation for all transportation boards must include advocates for pedestrians, the disabled community, immigrants and refugees, bicyclists, transit users, freight, and business stakeholders.
- We will work to increase community and modal representation on existing transportation-related committees, boards, and commissions, including the TCC and TAC, through our partners, City Council, the MPO, and other agencies.