Encourage Transportation Alternatives

Transportation accessibility is a significant issue during a pandemic, one that disproportionately affects low-income residents. While expanding ridership access to RTS is important to ensuring a sustainable, accessible community, it is also important that residents have multiple transportation options. This way, when a crisis such as a pandemic occurs and residents do not feel safe using a specific mode of transportation, there are other options. This includes expanding the bicycle grid network, installing more bikeshare stations, maintaining pedestrian paths and sidewalks year-round, employing vehicle traffic-calming efforts, and encouraging the use of the citywide trail system by installing safety measures such as adequate lighting. By creating a safer and more accessible multimodal network, residents will have options when needed.


Relevant Rochester 2034 Strategies:


Expand bicycle facilities and trails:

PMP-5b. Expand bicycle facilities and the multi-use trail network to better connect origins and destinations and enhance the environment for active transportation choices.


Implement plans to improve accessibility:

TRN-1b. Implement previously completed plans that improve multi-modal accessibility, including:

-Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan
-Irondequoit Seneca Trail Feasibility Study
-Finger Lakes Regional Trail Initiative
-JOSANA Trail Feasibility Study
-Eastman Trail
-East Main Arts and Market District Plan
-Roc the Riverway Vision Plan
-Reimagine RTS


Address street design to balance needs of multiple transportation modes:

TRN-1e. Adopt a City of Rochester Street Design Guide based on street typologies developed in the City’s Comprehensive Access and Mobility Plan and the notion of “self-enforcing design.” The Guide should provide standards and direction for how to best balance the needs of multiple transportation modes.


Develop transportation performance measures:

TRN-1i. Develop performance measures that recognize the impacts of transportation facility and network design on safety and accessibility, health, economic vitality and opportunity, equity, sustainability, and quality of life. Apply the measures to infrastructure planning, design, and maintenance.


Support trail system for all-season use:

TRN-1m. Support the use of the trail system as a transportation corridor by installing lighting, wayfinding signage, and providing all-season maintenance and litter services along key segments to start and expanding as resources allow.


Identify strategic winter maintenance:

TRN-1n. Identify and implement additional strategic winter maintenance and/or snow and ice accumulation prevention activities to better maintain key walking and biking facilities, as well as areas around key transit stops, through the winter months.


Implement strategies that support residents with varying mobility needs:

TRN-1q. Work toward becoming a member of the World Health Organization's Network of Age-Friendly Communities and an AARP Livable Community by identifying and implementing strategies that respond to the varying mobility needs of residents as they age.


Fill gaps in bicycle network:

TRN-3a. Strategically fill gaps in the dedicated bicycle network while also expanding to form a safe, interconnected “minimum grid.”


Perform regular analysis to prioritize investments in bike network:

TRN-3b. Perform periodic, citywide bicycle demand and Level of Traffic Stress analyses to help further pinpoint priority investments that expand the bike network, as well as its use and safety for cyclists of all ages and abilities.


Evaluate potential for an east-west multi-use trail:

TRN-3c. Evaluate the potential for an east-west multi-use trail.


Expand bikeshare system:

TRN-3d. Expand the bikeshare system. Prioritize station expansions around employment, residential, and activity centers, as well as high volume transit stops and transit connection hubs. Expand the fleet to include more bikes, as well as e-bikes, e-scooters and other innovative mobility options as they emerge.


Achieve higher ratings from bicycle advocacy groups:

TRN-3e. Work to achieve higher ratings and awards from bicycle advocacy organizations, including the League of American Bicyclists and Places for Bikes.

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