Suitability Mapping



Suitability Analysis

This analysis aims to identify areas where pedestrian and bicycle improvements will likely have the highest impact on the largest number of existing and potential users. 


Survey Results

Between April 12, 2012 and May 31, 2012 we sought input on whether land use, safety, street network density or social equity is more important to prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian system improvements. We received over 90 responses to our survey on the Suitability Mapping. 
The Suitability Analysis map shows the combined weighted scoring of land use, street network, safety and social equity evaluation factors.
The respondents weighted the factors as follows:  
Land Use
Street Network
Social Equity

Next Steps

From this analysis a list of high priority needs will be generated by applying the weighted score to missing links in the bicycle and pedestrian systems. A high score is indicative of areas that may be more supportive of bicycle and pedestrian improvements in terms of the four evaluation factors noted above and as shown below.
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Evaluation Factors

Land Use Map: This map shows the evaluation of land use factors such as population density, proximity to transit and other essential destinations like grocery stores, schools, senior housing and services, civic centers, major employment areas, colleges, hospitals, libraries and parks. A high score indicates multiple land uses within close proximity to each other.

 Land Use Suitability Map

Street Network Map:  This map shows the evaluation of the street network. A high score indicates an area with a lower number of roads and intersections per square mile and therefore fewer route options for bicyclists and pedestrians.


 Street Network Density

Safety Map:  This map shows an evaluation of safety. The map represents the number of incidence of crashes over two years, daily traffic volume and whether the road is a truck route. A high score indicates a road segment with a higher rate of incidences of crashes involving people walking or cycling, located on a truck route and higher daily traffic volumes. This map is not intended to demonstrate areas that are more or less suitable for bicycle or pedestrian use.


Social Equity Map:  This map shows an evaluation of social equity. The analysis was performed by Metro to show areas with above average poverty, ethnic minorities, and numbers of children and the elderly.

 Social Equity Suitability Map


Note: Use of these maps are to inform this study only.