Well planned multi-modal transportation can improve personal mobility and accessibility while encouraging healthy physical activity and provide highest levels of safety, comfort and convenience. Concepts such as Context-Sensitive-Solutions, Complete Streets, multi-modal service level goals, and interconnected pedestrian and bicycle circulation are central to Fehr & Peers transportation planning and engineering practices. Examples of our experience include:
- Caltrans Smart Mobility performance measures
- Denver Regional Transit District quality of life study
- Aurora, CO context sensitive urban street standards
- San Francisco Better Neighborhoods study
- Sacramento Pedestrian Master Plan
Many of these efforts go beyond common metrics such as Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT) and include “higher-level” metrics. The latter include:
- convenient and safe multi-modal travel;
- speed suitability;
- management of the circulation network;
- efficient use of land;
- sustainable design features;
- passenger satisfaction;
- travel time variability;
- location efficiency;
- environment and equity;
- traveler cost; and
- travel choices.
These are referred to as “higher-level” because they address a much broader audience than simply motor vehicle speed and distance. Higher-level metrics are valuable when comparing alternative policy choices since they reflect the interests of the broadest set of transportation system users needs and desires.
Fehr & Peers devotes its planning and engineering activities to creating living and travel environments that encourage safe physical activity and healthy lifestyles.