Waukesha Bike and Pedestrian Plan

On Thursday, April 7, 2011, the City of Waukesha kicked off the first meeting for the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan.  The lead consultant on the plan is Alta Planning + Design, which is a company that focuses specifically on bicycle and pedestrian planning.  The WBA is pleased to have been invited to participate in the planning process.  We have two representatives on the steering committee that is overseeing the plan, and we will be encouraging our members to participate in the planning process by sending out notifications of public meetings and posting them on our calendar.  

Here's a powerpoint presentation from the Alta Planning about the plan. If you have a concern that you would like to see addressed in the planning process, please send an e-mail to bikewaukesha (at) gmail.com or RGrall (at) ci.waukesha.wi.us

See specific suggestions for this plan from WBA.


The May 25th afternoon meeting was supposed to begin with a bike tour to survey parts of the downtown, east and south sides, and the current New Berlin - Glacial Drumlin trails connector, but was cancelled due to rain.

The meeting consisted of a review of ALTA's working papers (attached) and discussions on routes, intersections, trails, improvements, and how citizens might become involved in and assist in the planning process.  Ron Grall, Director of City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department said that his department has taken the lead in developing this plan, and how important it is for citizen participation in implementing changes and improvements-- if it isn't in the plan, it won't get considered or accomplished.

The afternoon session concluded with participants clustering around large maps of the area and offering suggestions to include in ALTA's plan.  WBA representatives at the afternoon session were John Pehoski, Ron Stawicki, and Jim White.  Several more WBA members also attended the evening public input session. 
Ann Freiwald of ALTA Planning commended the detailed suggestions offered by WBA.


Consolidated Comments

The Steering Committee of the Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan has received a consolidated version of all public comments received to this point
from all sources, including an area map noting the location of many of the comments.

This will be the final review of comments and the map for inclusion in the existing conditions section of the final plan.

Please review and submit any additional comments to the discussion group or WBA at your earliest opportunity or indicate that the list looks complete.
 

Documents received 2011 July 1 from Ron Grall, Director of of City of Waukesha
Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department in preparation for the July 12 Steering
Committee Meeting:

Notes from 2011 May 25 6:30-8 pm Public Meeting

Notes from 2011 May 25 3-4:30 pm Steering Committee Meeting

Demand and Benefits Analysis of Bicycling and Pedestrian Alternatives


General Design Guidelines for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

Funding Sources for Bicycle Facilities and Trails

Needs and Types of Bicyclists

Programs Recommendations

This last document has several suggestions for WBA's involvement in
implementation of the Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.


Additional documents received 2011-07-05 from Ann Freiwald of ALTA Planning for the July 12, 2011 meeting:

Bikeway Recommendations for the City of Waukesha

Map of Waukesha Bike Plan - Proposed Network

July 12 Steering Committee meeting

Discussion of the project schedule, deliverables, and an update on special projects (west bypass, Central City Plan by Graef,  East Ave, and Waukesha to Brookfield connector) comprised most of the meeting, followed by an open discussion and questions on the network map.

The closing date for steering committee members to submit comments on the draft documents is August 1.  These are the documents in the Attachments section of this page uploaded July 3 and July 5.  Most significant of these is the programs document containing suggestions for advocacy groups (WBA is specifically mentioned) and others that can be worked on or implemented even prior to the plan's completion.

Ron Grall (Director of City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department) again made the statement that "if it isn't in the plan, it won't be done"  (notwithstanding the fact that some items that are in the plan won't be done).   As this is a long-term plan, whose implementation could take 15-20 years, WBA and other interested parties have a timely interest in submitting any additional comments prior to the Aug 1 closing date.   Contact WBA with your suggestions, and we'll add them to the Plan Specifics page


ALTA Planning provided steering committee members links to informational videos for use in the planning process. Find these on WBA's Flicks Page.


Review Guide For the Waukesha Bicycle and Ped Plan

The draft plan is ready for review, with the exception of implementation details.  The steering committee has been asked to review new material and submit comments by Friday, September 9.    Please submit comments to WBA's discussion group no later than Thursday, September 8 to give us time to forward them to Ron Grall and ALTA Planning.   Table of contents in the draft:

Executive Summary- This is new and presents an overview of the entire document
Chapter 1 Project Vision, Goals and Objectives- This is a new version of goals and objectives you have seen before
Chapter 2 Existing Conditions- This has been updated with new material, please review
Chapter 3 User Types, Demand and Benefit Analysis- This material is much the same as you have seen before in working paper form
Chapter 4 Recommendations-Please review carefully, we have added some new items and have added much detail that you have not seen before. The only incomplete part of this chapter is our work on Barstow Plaza. I need to get more feed back from City Staff before we share those recommendations with you. If you can only review one chapter, please spend your time here.
Chapter 5 Implementation- We are scheduling a staff meeting on this. Once we have the info we need from staff we will generate a draft chapter for Steering Com review.
Appendix A Public Outreach Summary- This is a compilation of materials from various meetings and public input sources, this is mostly for the record
Appendix B Plan and Policy Review Summary- We added some summaries of reports we received after the original working paper was complete, but other than those much of this material is similar to our earlier work
Appendix C Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Guidelines- These have not changed substantially since the last review
Appendix D Recommended Bicycle Parking Guidelines- This is new material we added in because of the interest in bike parking shown by the committee and the public
Appendix E Project Costs- New material
Appendix F Funding Sources- Not substantially different that material provided in earlier working paper.



Final Draft Available-- August 1, 2012 version

The final draft is available both here and as a download on the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department section of the City of Waukesha's web site.

There are interesting differences between this final version and the one released December 1, 2011.


Th
e members of the steering committee received notice of the final draft of the Waukesha Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities plan on August 24, after city departments had reconciled it with other city plans (Central City/ Downtown Master plan).
The Board of Public Works recommended its adoption at the September 6, 2012 meeting.
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board recommended its adoption at the September 10 meeting.
The Common Council adopted the plan as part of the consent agenda at the September 18, 2012 meeting.


At both the BPW and PRFB meetings, Ann Freiwald of ALTA Planning (the consultant the city hired to complete this plan) emphasized that although it is extensive (with 103 specific recommendations), it is only a plan and is subject to further review prior to the acceptance and implementation of any individual item.  The only significant change from the previous December 2011 draft and the August Final draft is the inclusion of the following disclaimer appearing in two places:
Recommendations contained in this report should be considered planning level only and each will require
further analysis before implementation. Further analysis may include review of current traffic volumes,
turning movements, truck volumes, parking needs, etc. Construction projects that may affect state or county
highways facilities must be coordinated with WisDOT or Waukesha County and may need to conform to
applicable standards and require WisDOT approval. Recommendations from this plan that may affect state
highway facilities include grade-separated crossings of state highways, bike lanes and sidewalks on state
highways, and improvements at intersections along state highways.

Every proposed action in this plan that involves publically funded infrastructure will be considered separately
upon receiving funding and prior to implementation. Each project will have to comply with all applicable
federal, state and local design guidelines. Upon further analysis, some recommendations in this plan may be
determined not to be feasible.

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