Jeffrey Pollack, AICP ENVSP
Wednesday, March 9, 1:30 pm
The dominant development pattern in the greater Corpus Christi area no longer fosters an active lifestyle, with dire consequences in terms of public health, environmental quality, and quality of life. Re-establishing bicycling and walking as meaningful mobility alternatives requires strategic planning to change both the built environment and community culture. In 2015, the Corpus Christi MPO (CCMPO) completed a state-of-the-art bicycle mobility plan as the first phase of its Strategic Plan for Active Mobility, with the hope of catalyzing a sea change in a community that still lives in the shadow of the moniker “fattest city in America” (Men’s Health Magazine, 2010). As in many communities, the inclusion of bike facilities in roadway projects facing budgetary shortfalls sparked fierce debate in the community, and advocates for bike infrastructure found it difficult to defend these investments without a strategic plan.
The CCMPO’s Bicycle Mobility Plan alleviates the uncertainty about where bike infrastructure belongs and how much it will cost by specifying exactly where bike infrastructure should be located to provide a meaningful mobility alternative, what type of infrastructure (from bike boulevards to dedicated cycle tracks) should be installed on each segment of the network to uphold the target level of safety and service, and how that infrastructure should be designed and maintained. This presentation will detail the multi-step spatial analyses used to identify community hotspots and define linkages between them (including off-road trail connections where feasible); it will highlight the creative engagement tools used to capture users’ route priorities and explain how these priorities were incorporated into the planning process; and it will showcase the facility selection model used to prescribe what infrastructure should be installed on each network segment.
Learning Objectives for this session include:
- Outline the steps in the data-driven processes used to define a network of linkages between key activity centers and identify what types of bicycle infrastructure should be installed on each segment of the network to uphold the level of safety and service that the community wants
- Identify critical lessons learned about implementing such a planning process, from scoping the effort to shepherding the final plan through adoption at the municipal level (and everything in between!)
- Define strategies for building a compelling case for investment in infrastructure and programs to support active mobility, including metrics of programmatic success
Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization
Jeffrey Pollack, AICP ENVSP, Transportation Planning Director of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is a big picture community and environmental planner who is passionate about the role of integrated, multi-modal mobility planning in the design and growth of livable communities. Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where he was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. Jeff is a certified planner through the American Institute for Certified Planners and is an Envision Sustainability Professional through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
His professional involvements include:
- Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Transit Plan 20/20 Project Advisory Committee, Member
- Hooked on Health Physical Activity Coalition, Member
- Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Board of Directors, Member
- TX Department of Transportation Harbor Bridge Project Technical Advisory Committee, Member
- City of Corpus Christi Transportation Advisory Committee, MobilityCC Sub-committee, Member
- PlanCC 2035 Citizen Advisory Committee, Member
- Bay Area Smart Growth Initiative, Chair
- Corpus Christi Downtown Management District, Experience Action Committee, Member
- Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Long-range Plan Technical Advisory Committee, Member
- City of Corpus Christi Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, Project Manager
- Corpus Christi Business Journal, Smart Sustainability Columnist
- City of Galveston Community Sustainability Action Plan, Technical Lead