Taking Bicycle Facilities from “Almost” to “Exemplary”

Almost to Exemplary

Cyclists nationwide are requesting bicycle facilities that are not merely “there,” but also tailored to users. San Antonio bike infrastructure exhibits a wide range of protection and comfort. Some basic bike facilities require design upgrades to move from “almost” to “exemplary.”

A representative of San Antonio Transportation & Capital Improvements will share experiences from a comprehensive bike GIS data update in 2019. The activity begins with a presentation summarizing common pitfalls of “almost” facilities, such as narrow widths and driveway conflicts. The presenter will equip participants with techniques for reaching “exemplary” quality and will explain challenges associated with each upgrade. Finally, participants will tackle examples of basic-level bike infrastructure in San Antonio by proposing design improvements. They will sketch over images of existing facilities in a group context. The workshop concludes with a discussion of lessons learned, referencing several bike design success stories in San Antonio.

Lauren SimcicLauren Simcic specializes in data and project management for bicycle and pedestrian safety. She advocates for San Antonio’s Vision Zero initiative in work and in her daily life. Drawing from a background encompassing economic development, transit and public art, she shapes transportation projects to reflect the needs and character of unique neighborhoods. Ms. Simcic is a member of Women in Transportation Seminar; member of American Planning Association with AICP certification; and joint recipient of 2019 National Planning Award for Resilience – Silver through APA. She enjoys volunteer work, fitness, and 19th century literature.

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