Modeling and measured bicycle counts and bicycle safety on W. Alisal Road with respect to the West Alisal Road Diet


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In analyzing the impacts of the road diet on West Alisal in Salinas, our group observed that there is variety in the stakeholder populations. Drivers, pedestrians, bus passengers, bicyclists, and others, are all stakeholders that will be impacted by the road diet. Our group decided to focus on the bicyclist population near the Hartnell College area of West Alisal. To determine whether or not the bicyclist population of West Alisal was great enough to initiate the road diet, our group developed the hypothesis: The number of bicyclists that use West Alisal, near Hartnell College, is great enough to consider a road diet. 5 bicycles per half hour period (on average) will represent a need for a road diet.
Our data shows that based on current bicycle ridership that there is not a sufficient enough need to represent the biking community in the future road diet. That being said, we believe it is important to include bike lanes on W. Alisal as our model shows that increased biking in the future will start a positive reinforcing loop further increasing bike ridership.

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Sustainable City Years Program Contact Info

University Faculty Contact
Daniel Fernandez
Natural Sciences
Professor, School of Natural Sciences

Local Government / Community Contact
James Serrano

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