Integrated Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Plan Executive Summary

The executive summary that follows outlines the recommendations from the bicycle consulting team of Rundell Ernstberger Associates LLC and Toole Design Group. 

These recommendations are being considered for implementation on the Purdue University West Lafayette campus.

Intent and Goals of the Plan

The intent of this initiative is to provide an Integrated Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Plan that proposes a network of designated bicycle routes that helps to accommodate a safer environment for all modes of travel on campus.

The planning process included the following:

  • Inventory and analysis of existing data and existing conditions of campus and community bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, maps, programs and policies

  • Engagement with stakeholder groups, individuals and the public to gather their input

  • Development of recommendations for bicycle circulation, parking, infrastructure, policies and programs: an Integrated Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Plan that complements pedestrian circulation

  • Development of an infrastructure projects list and a recommended plan for potential phasing and implementation

Data Collection and Gathering

Thorough collection and analysis of pertinent data were completed throughout the process, including the following:

Review of the following relevant information and studies

  • Campus Master Plan

  • State Street Master Plan

  • Purdue Traffic and Parking – Bicycle Regulations

  • Purdue Parking and Traffic Demand Management Study

  • Campus Bicycle Parking Surveys

  • City of West Lafayette Northwestern Avenue Pedestrian Master Plan

  • Perimeter Parkway Study Areas 1, 2 and 3

  • 2007–2012 Bicycle Crash Report – Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

  • Fatal Crashes 2008–2012 Summary – Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

Site visits for documentation of existing conditions

  • Existing bicycle facilities

  • Street widths

  • Pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle conflict areas and issues

  • Existing plan/routes for bicycles on and near campus

Public and stakeholder committee meetings

  • February 2014: initial two-day stakeholder and public input session where feedback on any related bicycle and pedestrian transportation issues was provided

  • April 2014: public input session where preliminary routes and alternative solutions were shared and discussed

  • September 2014: public input session where draft recommendations were shared and final opportunity for additional public input was sought

Online survey tools

  • Survey provided opportunity for public feedback on current conditions of bicycling on campus and in the community

  • WikiMap (interactive online map) allowed users to identify their current biking routes, preferred routes and areas that are difficult to navigate as a bicyclist

  • Feedback form on Purdue’s “Bikes” website allowed community members to share questions, comments or concerns pertaining to bicycling and the infrastructure plan initiative.

Surveys concluded that existing routes on campus are perceived to be disconnected and unsafe. This results in cyclists using sidewalks in lieu of streets thereby creating conflicts with pedestrians.

Characteristics of the Bicycle Network

The proposed Integrated Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Plan makes recommendations for a variety of on-street and off-street routes.

On-street routes, which include bike lanes, protected bike lanes, contraflow lanes, sharrows and cycle tracks, are proposed within existing implied street rights-of-way.

Off-street routes were identified as either bike paths or shared service drives. These two facility types provide bicycle transportation options on campus that are located outside of an implied street right-of-way.

Existing bicycle parking, repair and maintenance stations were mapped and recommendations were made for additional bicycle parking areas and maintenance stations based on feedback from stakeholders and the public.

Implementation and Phasing Recommendations

The implementation and phasing plan includes recommendations for potential projects to accommodate the entire network of on-street and off-street bicycle route network on campus. Each project listed in this section includes an overview of existing conditions, interim (if necessary) and ultimate recommendations as well as implementation considerations.  

Program and Policy Recommendations

Recommendations associated with Programs and Policies are focused in the following categories: Organizational, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement and Evaluation and Planning.  Engineering recommendations are reflected in the project list in the Implementation and Phasing Recommendations section.

Organizational recommendations include the designation or hiring of a bicycle coordinator on campus as well as establishing a bicycle working group so that planning, prioritization and implementation of bicycle infrastructure can be coordinated holistically with input and support from an on campus committee.

Education recommendations provide creative suggestions to share information related to safe bicycle usage including a bicycle ambassador program of peer educators, the development of educational and promotional materials focused on safety, best practices and mutual respect and awareness of the different modes of transportation on campus.

Enforcement recommendations are focused on clarifying the regulations related to bicycle usage on campus, addressing illegally parked and abandoned bike issues and reinforcing positive behavior by bicyclists and pedestrians through a “Caught Being Good” incentive program. Maintaining targeted enforcement of traffic laws at strategic times of the year should complement the education programs.

Encouragement recommendations include the establishment of an annual fall bike ride where bicycle best and safe practices can be shared and where new students, faculty and staff can gain on-road riding experience and learn safe routes to a variety of campus and community destinations. Recommendations also include bicycle repair and maintenance programs and a potential on-campus bicycle hub.

Evaluation and Planning recommendations include a bi-annual travel survey of students and staff where baseline data about campus travel choices can be documented and an annual report on bicycling where progress on Purdue’s bicycling infrastructure and culture can be tracked.