About this project
WHO? Durham Bicycle Boulevards is a group of civic leaders, business leaders and non-profit leaders working towards a future where cyclists of all ages-and-abilities can safely transverse the city.
WHAT? Durham Bicycle Boulevards is a 15-mile urban network in which cyclists are never more than 4 blocks from a bicycle-priority corridor.
WHEN? Our goal is to be completely funded in this year’s city budget cycle (FY 17-18). Once completed, we believe Durham can make a case for being the best bicycling city in the South.
WHERE? Urban Durham spans 12-square miles between 15-501, Interstate 85, US70, and Cornwallis Road. People often make short trips to Durham’s colleges and universities, downtown businesses, and other focal points. Parking in these urban destinations is limited and cost-prohibitive. Urban Durham is also difficult for bikes to access and navigate, all of which increase demand for safe bicycle routes.
WHY? In Austin almost 70 percent of bicyclists define themselves as “interested but concerned”. In Portland, this figure is closer to 90 percent. These sentiments are echoed in Durham: safety matters. For folks who are "interested but concerned" , separation from speeding cars is the most commonly cited key infrastructure quality required to convince people to ride. Bicycle Boulevards are the most applicable bicycle-priority treatment for Durham’s unique grid, as they are both inexpensive and easy to implement. In aggressively building a comprehensive network of 8-10 bicycle priority routes at once, as was done in Seville, Spain, Durham can realize a dramatic 10x increase in biking in the very near short-term.
HOW? Funding will be used for design, tactical materials, promotional materials, 3D modeling, and support for our design interns. Funding also develops enhanced plans, created via community-based co-design sessions in partnership with Durham Area Designers.
Risks and challenges
Durham Bicycle Boulevards has spent nearly two years aggregating community support. The primary challenge, at this point, is procuring infrastructure funding, which requires buy-in from city officials. We believe the continued enthusiasm from the community, through efforts like this Kickstarter campaign and the design work it helps fund, is the best path to bring these bike-priority routes to Durham in the next 12-24 months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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