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Posted on: October 15, 2018

City Considering Adding More Bike Lanes for Better Connectivity

Bike Route Suitability Map

North Bend is likely to see an increase in bike lanes in the near future.  Although North Bend is rich in hiking trails, lakes and outdoor destinations, it is lacking in bicycling opportunities. In an effort to provide connectivity throughout North Bend for bicyclists, City Councilmembers directed staff to research potential locations for additional bike lanes for both recreation and transportation.   

Dedicated bike lanes would not only benefit cyclists but would also increase safety for vehicle drivers.

“North Bend is the premier outdoor adventure destination and as such, it has been a passion of mine to see more bicycle lanes in North Bend to provide better connectivity and safety for this mode of transportation and recreation,” Councilmember Martin Volken said. 

As a final project for the University of Washington Masters in Geography Information Systems (GIS) and Sustainability Management Degree, three students proficient in GIS assisted North Bend by analyzing existing roadways for bike lane potential.

The project provided insight into which existing road right-of-ways (ROW) have adequate widths for bike lanes, which ROWs could have bike lanes with some improvements, and which ROWs have significant barriers.  This information was combined with map results from a previous study within the City to determine desired bike lane locations. 

“The significance of this project is that the City now has a GIS dataset conveying the efficacy of adding bike lanes to existing roads, which allows us to prioritize our investment, “ said Long-Range Planner Jesse Reynolds. “Additionally, we now know where a simple restriping of a road can take place and where significant design and construction are necessary to add bike lanes.”  

On April 17, 2018, City Council approved a consulting contract with Fehr & Peers, transportation consultants, to prepare a Bicycle and Pedestrian Fee Mitigation Study to assess the demand for non-motorized transportation needs in North Bend and to determine a fair and equitable mitigation fee for developers to fund the design and construction of a trail system necessary to meet this demand. 

Representatives from Fehr & Peers presented their findings during the September 25th Council Work Study. Their report documented the methodology applied to calculate the mitigation fee. 

The report states that new development pays mitigation fees to reimburse municipal governments for the capital cost of facilities that are needed to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of development. It went on to state that the positive outcomes of local governments collecting mitigation fees from new development include: allowing for development to mitigate its impacts on the built environment; providing the revenue to pay for the portion of the cost of public facilities; and, guaranteeing that adequate public facilities will be constructed to serve future development.

According to the report, “the nexus, or connection between new development and bicycle and pedestrian facilities must be established to develop a bicycle and pedestrian mitigation fee program. The nexus between people, new development and bicycle and pedestrian facilities is based on:

 • People traveling in North Bend use bicycle and pedestrian facilities because they provide mobility and an alternative to driving. 

• People live, work, shop, and therefore travel, to buildings that are referred to as development in this study. 

• New development causes additional impacts on bicycle and pedestrian facilities by adding more trips on those facilities. 

• Each development type’s level of impact on bicycle and pedestrian facilities are based on that development’s generation of walking and biking trips. 

Councilmembers directed staff to draft a preliminary mitigation fee schedule to present to Council at a future meeting. 

Bike Route Suitability Map

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