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|The Mayor's Bicycle Committee and City of Eugene staff have updated the Eugene
Bikeways Master Plan annually. This project provides the base for evaluation of the
Bikeways Master Plan to improve the updating process. The evaluation process has been
established to facilitate periodic evaluations prior to the annual update.
The work efforts and guides for evaluating and updating are described in the following sections:
BIKEWAYS MASTER PLAN EVALUATION
Periodic evaluation will provide for the most efficient utilization of resources to accomplish the stated goals and objectives. The process compares these stated goals and objectives with achievements, and reveals any problems encountered, possible solutions and recommended future action. Refinements to planning and scheduling result from the evaluation. An evaluation format has been tailored to the Eugene Bikeways Master Plan. An outline or report type format is useful for an evaluation and should include
An example of this format is presented below for the evaluation of this project. The project was developed and prepared to meet the stated goals and objectives of the City of Eugene. The objectives have been formulated to provide specific items to benefit the City.
Future evaluations will be related to items of work conducted to implement or improve the Eugene Bikeway System. Annual evaluations should be conducted to measure the success of both. Using the following format, work related to the Bikeways Master Plan should be evaluated by, 1) stating the goals and objectives of each project and, 2) measuring the degree of success of actual achievements.
The accident monitoring described in Chapter IV is a necessary part of an evaluation; however, the economic benefits of bikeway facilities must also be evaluated to assure efficient use of monies. A format for economic evaluations of projects is shown in Figure VII-1. The figure contains space for: project description, before and after analysis, comparing volumes, accidents, economic loss, and economic loss per bicyclist. Also included is a comparison of estimated and actual cost, cost per bicycle, economic benefit, and economic benefit per bicycle.
BIKEWAY IMPROVEMENT EVALUATION FORMAT
CITY OF EUGENE, OREGON Date:
Project Name Route Number
Bicycle Volumes per Day (1) Bicycle Accidents Persons Killed Persons Injured Property Damage Only
Economic Loss (2) $
Economic Loss per Bicyclist (2) (1) (3) $
IMPROVEMENT Date started Date completed Estimated Cost $______________ Actual Cost (4) $ Cost per bicyclist (4) (2) (5) $
Bicycle Volumes per Day (6) Bicycle Accidents Persons Killed Persons Injured Property Damage Only
Economic Loss (7) $ Economic Loss per Bicyclist (8) $
BENEFITS Economic Benefit* (2)-(7) $ Economic Benefit per Bicyclist (3)-(8) $ Total Economic Benefit** (2)-(7)-(4) $ Total Economic Benefit per Bicyclist (3)-(8)-(5) $
* Relates only to benefits ** Relates costs and benefits
|The before and after evaluation should be conducted for equal time periods. One-year
is a minimum time base for preliminary evaluations. A longer time base will tend to
average out random circumstances. Economic losses are determined by multiplying the
numbers of the various accident categories by typical costs of accidents. In September
1978, the Oregon Traffic Safety Commission published figures appropriate for economic loss
evaluations in Oregon. These figures are given below:
BIKEWAYS MASTER PLAN UPDATE
The Eugene Bikeways Master Plan has been updated annually by the Mayor's Bicycle Committee and Eugene's City staff. The annual update has served to refine and provide continuity to the Master Plan. The committee and staff have done an excellent job of identifying and implementing the top priority bikeways since the Master Plan was adopted in 1975. This evaluation provides an important tool for updating and refining the Master Plan in the years to come. The initial evaluation has identified specific locations that require improvements, and specific locations that are serving bicycles very well. The updating of the Master Plan can take advantage of this initial evaluation.
During the course of this project, bicycle volumes have been measured; bicycle accidents have been cataloged, classified, and analyzed; an improvement program for injury accident monitoring has been identified; and projects for the improvement of the bikeways have been identified. A description of the methods used for each of these tasks is described in this project report.
Table VII-1 lists and schedules a proposed Annual Work Program for the continued evaluation of the Eugene Bikeways. The tasks represent the annual work effort that will be required to update the plan, and provide the results of the evaluation to the educators and enforcers, who need the information. All work activities listed should be conducted annually, and the work program should be updated to meet changing needs. This evaluation will result in the continued improvement of what has become Oregon's Best Bikeway System. The evaluations can also serve other Oregon cities with their efforts to provide bikeways.