Densely-populated town center


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Densely-populated town center

  • Densely-populated town center

  • Parks, schools, shops, restaurants all within walking distance of residential neighborhoods (www.walkscore.com)

  • Community-wide sidewalk network

  • Wide cartways running North/South and East/West through downtown

  • Individual trail segments throughout community-wide park system

  • Traditional town character



Four-lane “highways” through downtown

  • Four-lane “highways” through downtown

    • Speeding
    • Lane Jockeying
    • Loss of “small town feel”
  • Vehicle conflicts with bikes/pedestrians

  • Truck traffic, noise, and pollution

  • Several trails, but no connectivity

  • Urban blight/suburban sprawl





Began with community-initiated traffic study.

  • Began with community-initiated traffic study.

  • Reduce main downtown streets from 4 lanes to 3 (dedicated left turn lane in center)

    • AKA “road diet”
  • Two-way bike lanes on both main downtown streets (High & Hanover: SRs 11, 34, 74, 641)

  • Smart traffic signal technology

  • Curb “bump outs” for pedestrian safety

  • Truck traffic mitigation measures

  • Improvements to LeTort Nature Trail















Traffic study completed with local funds

  • Traffic study completed with local funds

  • Received $2.8 million in Round 1 PCTI funds for construction

  • Engineering & design ($225,000) funded locally

  • Construction began September 2010

  • Expected completion in June of 2011





Began with community-initiated trail study by LeTort Regional Authority

  • Began with community-initiated trail study by LeTort Regional Authority

  • 10 mile network of bike lanes and walking trails providing connections to and between:

      • Borough Parks
      • 7 Borough Schools
      • Existing trails throughout the Borough (including downtown bike lanes & LeTort Nature trail)
      • Downtown Carlisle
  • (Provide connection opportunity to three surrounding municipalities as envisioned by the LRA Urban Trail/Greenway Plan.)











LeTort Authority Urban Trail/Greenway Plan completed with local dollars

  • LeTort Authority Urban Trail/Greenway Plan completed with local dollars

  • Existing trail segments completed with over $1.2 million in NON-PCTI funds

  • Applied for $539,643 in Round 2 PCTI funds to complete project

    • Application highly ranked by County Planning Commission and HATS region
    • Currently awaiting PennDOT consideration






Town centers (like Carlisle) struggle with “suburban flight” and suburban sprawl associated with an automobile-dominated society.

  • Town centers (like Carlisle) struggle with “suburban flight” and suburban sprawl associated with an automobile-dominated society.

  • In order to survive, town centers must employ community development & land use principles which capitalize on their unique strengths.

    • Streets with a “sense of place,” not highways.
    • Walkability
    • Bikeability


LeTort Regional Authority

  • LeTort Regional Authority

  • Dickinson College

  • Cumberland County

  • Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation

  • PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

  • Downtown Carlisle Association

  • Elm Street Program

  • East Side Neighbor Association

  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy



Builds on existing resources, rather than constructing new infrastructure:

  • Builds on existing resources, rather than constructing new infrastructure:

    • Re-design of downtown streets and traffic signal system
    • Existing trails incorporated into network.
    • Existing streets/alleys reconfigured to accommodate bike lanes.




Re-design of downtown streets

  • Re-design of downtown streets

    • Restores invaluable downtown character that cannot be duplicated


11:

  • 11:

  • Individual trail segments which will become inter-connected as part of this project.

  • $1,335,804:

  • Amount of non PCTI funds allocated for trail development/connectivity in the Greater Carlisle area.

  • 248%:

  • Return on investment of $539,643 in requested PCTI funds.



For a reasonable cost:

  • For a reasonable cost:

      • Increase quality of life
      • Promote economic development
      • Promote healthier lifestyles
      • Reduce pollution and congestion by promoting a multi-modal transportation
      • Improve safety
      • Build a stronger community


Reduce conflicts between bicycles/pedestrians/vehicles

  • Reduce conflicts between bicycles/pedestrians/vehicles

    • *2010: PA placed 42nd in bicycle friendly rating in United States
  • Improve vehicular safety in downtown Carlisle

  • Provide safe off-road walking and running trails for the public.



Economic Development

  • Economic Development

  • Downtown Revitalization

  • Tourism

  • Recreation

  • Conservation

  • Healthy Lifestyles

  • Family Values



  • 13.2 % of Carlisle residents do not own or have access to a motor vehicle.

  • Focuses on providing a community-wide network connecting schools, parks and neighborhoods for pedestrian and bicycle travel while maintaining our road system for vehicular travel.





  • Capitalizes on advantages of urban community (highly navigable by foot and bike)

  • Maintains and enhances Carlisle (as a viable place to live, work, play, visit)

    • (As opposed to auto-dominant transportation projects which promote sprawl and lead to degradation of town centers like Carlisle.)




      • Downtown street modifications are model partnership between PennDOT and local government
      • Both projects integrate transportation initiatives with community development goals






Establish Carlisle as a model for other communities.

  • Establish Carlisle as a model for other communities.

  • Both the trail network and road diet projects:

    • Launched from a solid planning foundation.
    • Demonstrate extensive community collaboration.
    • Leverage and augment existing resources.







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