Transportation officers in San Jose are asking residents to assist craft the way forward for the town’s public transportation to extend accessibility, scale back greenhouse emissions and improve quality of life.
A survey on the city’s website is encouraging the general public to share what transportation modifications would enhance the town and improve choices for getting round San Jose. Outcomes from this survey, which ends September 30, will inform the town’s Entry and Mobility Plan, which can turn into San Jose’s citywide transportation plan.
“That is the place we’re asking the large questions,” stated Ramses Madou, division supervisor for planning, coverage and sustainability in San Jose’s Division of Transportation. “How can we carry San Jose from its present, principally car-focused transportation system, to fulfill the town’s objectives of reducing in half the speed at which individuals drive by 2040?”
Questions on the survey embrace “Why do you select to not journey the bus extra typically?” and “Why don’t you bike extra in San Jose?” in addition to “Have you ever tried electrical bikes?” and “Would you strive electrical bikes?”
A number of the division’s objectives embrace fast-tracking a motorbike plan headed to the Metropolis Council Oct. 6, accelerating the event of buses and lightweight rail and making extra areas pedestrian pleasant. They’re additionally gauging the general public’s curiosity in “micro-modal” types of transportation, which embrace e-bikes and e-scooters. All of those concepts would work in direction of decreasing greenhouse gasoline emissions in San José, 63% of which come from transportation actions.
The division additionally desires to extend security. There have been 60 visitors fatalities within the metropolis in 2019, simply as many because it had 5 years in the past when it first adopted the Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic deaths. Of these 60, 29 of these have been pedestrian deaths.
Timeline for the plan
As soon as the town’s Entry and Mobility Plan is crafted, there’ll probably be a short-list of to-do objects for the town to finish inside the subsequent 5 years. But it surely’s additionally meant to work with the town’s Normal Plan, which lists its objectives main as much as the yr 2040.
That features being making San José a “bike and stroll first metropolis” Madou stated. Though San Francisco has the declare to fame for being “transi first,” Madou stated, San José ought to be capable of do the identical with the best plan. Even though Santa Clara County’s first BART station opened only a few months ago this year, connecting San José with Milpitas.
Consultants say that San José is heading in the right direction.
“There are a lot of methods San José has taking a number one place in California — and within the nation — in excited about how we will evolve our transportation system into one that offers folks handy journey choices apart from driving,” stated Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal, a analysis affiliate with Mineta Transportation Institute. “How San José will get to that objective is, after all, the problem. In contrast to San Francisco, San José could be very unfold out, which suggests it’s onerous to run environment friendly transit service that serves everybody and but shouldn’t be extraordinarily costly to offer.”
Agrawal stated that the town might want to work to include these “micro-modal” types of transportation, like e-bikes and e-scooters.
These strategies will not be for everybody, Agrawal stated, however for many individuals “these modes might work simply positive.” Encouraging possession of those units — and never simply renting them for brief journeys round city — might make a distinction in how folks get round, he stated.
“A few issues have to occur in parallel to make micro-mobility (work),” Agrawal stated. “It will likely be important for the town to take the bike community that it already has, enormously increase that, and work out methods to harmoniously combine into that lane all types of bicycles — electrical kick-scooters and different micro-mobility units.”
He stated the plan to create bike lanes round San Jose must be expansive.
“To get a serious improve in bicycling and micro-mobility use, San Jose must have an in depth linked community of services with no gaps,” Agrawal stated. “If there are gaps in bike lanes, for instance, many individuals received’t really feel protected sufficient to bicycle in any respect, even when these gaps are solely very quick.”
About 250 folks have crammed out the survey to this point, and the town is hoping for no less than 1,000 contributors. The deadline to take part is September 30. Entry it here.