Thursday, July 17, 2008

Are there more bikes on the road, or does it just seem that way?

The Spokesman Review had an interesting editorial today (here). They are calling on all agencies with jurisdiction over roads to take increased bicycling into account in their planning efforts. We at SRTC would agree with the SR's editorial, but it's worth pointing out that many jurisdictions are, in fact, already doing this.

Recently, many of the large jurisdictions have actively supported the "SmartRoutes" project, and they have also started developing and updating their bicycle master plans. The City of Spokane is also trying to figure out how to incorporate a bicycle coordinator position into its planning and engineering departments.

The STA bicycle rack problem that is mentioned in the editorial is a tough one, but I wonder if the problem could be solved by having the buses pull trailers for the bikes. Just a thought...

Question: How would you purpose to fix the shortage of bike rack space on the STA buses?

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.