Session summary: A staffer at San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) wants to learn about ways to have residents learn about proposed bikeways in the jurisdiction, their costs, and possibly vote or rank them to prioritize installation. SLOCOG is also considering a referendum for a sales tax that would fund transportation improvements to pay for road maintenance, transit service, and bikeways. This tool could be used to decide how the sales tax revenue is spent.
SLOCOG – what a funny name
250-300k population for the county.
slow-growth county, not affordable
GIS, web interface – routes of bikeways, identified by color
$30m over 25 years
Oh, you want that class 1 to the beach? That’s $15m
survey of unmet bike needs
This is what we want to do, this is the money we have.
This is where 10k people want a bike lane.
passenger car sales tax (I missed how the sales tax would work)? county sales tax increase to fund transportation
quadruples range of options.
Adriel Hampton: Bright Idea – ideation, vote them up and down
Lot of marketing, moderation, outreach
Just cuz you build it, people don’t come
You have to market it hard.
Me: Will there be a soft side to this? In-person charrettes? No, but will consider.
Have the potential bikeways already been identified and have all had their costs estimated?
Yes, bikeways identified.
Costs will be estimated soon based on past construction projects.
Starting with bikeways, then complete streets modules, streetscapes.
Phily Planning Organization, web interface – click on the projects you want
Sacramento – Willingess to pay game?
Matt: How do they frame sales tax? This is the touchiest subject for us.
OpenPlans GeoExt application.
Adriel: I think scenarios is better than open.
Matt: We’ve made the plan, have the network. We need the people to justify the funding decisions we make.
Leah: TechSoup – let county-wide bike coalition get grants to pay for software/application.
Google StreetView – have the trike feature your best bike route.
LA Times, if you do this in the budget, then this happens. Generated a lot of buzz.
Sean Hedgpeth: Capital and operating budgets.
I added about federal funding not paying for maintenance.
Richard: 66% votes needed to approve the sales tax.
Sean: Have to sell sales tax with potholes.
Matt: Cycling will get 7% of sales tax.
What’s the county’s policy on open data? It’s not that it’s hidden, it’s just that the organization and outreach is not there.
SidewalkChalk (?, url)
Adriel: SeeClickFix – civic points – put a gaming aspect on things. participation rates are so low.
1-9-90 model. Create, read, do nothing to web content.
Adding some goofy elements to project.
So anti-Farmville until I found out about their special corn that would help Haiti