TRANSPORTATION

The LVPC and LVTS has adopted the plan that coordinates transit, trail, sidewalk, bikeway and roadway systems to create a robust regional transportation network that is safe, convenient and efficiently accommodates bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The interconnection of these transportation systems for a seamless walking, bicycling, safe routes to transit system that combines the on- and off-road network supports larger regional goals of sustainability, resiliency and enhanced livability.

Active Transportation

Community Design Projects

Sidewalk Inventory

Trails Inventory

This 2013 update, in addition to incorporating updated trail information, includes two new components: identifying priority trail gaps and providing guidelines to designing safe road crossings for trails. These two new components are part of a statewide effort by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to help organizations and municipalities to implement trail initiatives. There is a lot of interest in trails in the Lehigh Valley, and hopefully this compilation of current trail efforts will provide municipalities, counties, and conservation partners a tool in advancing the development of the Lehigh Valley trail network.

 

Lehigh Valley Trails Inventory PDF

 

Street Connectivity Guidance Document

Connectivity is an analysis of the number and variety of connections serving origins such as residential

neighborhoods and destinations like schools and shopping areas. Connectivity relates to the number of intersections

along a segment of streets and how the entire area is connected to the system. Good street

connectivity means providing a variety of ways to get from Point A to B, from using the car to walking. The

recommendations in this report are geared toward improving the efficiency of mobility (i.e. ease of movement)

and accessibility (i.e. the ability to go from an origin to a desired destination). The benefits of better

connectivity go beyond improved mobility and accessibility and can include less traffic congestion, safer

streets, municipal cost savings in the provision of services, and reduced need to improve arterial streets.

 

Street Connectivity Document PDF

 

  • WALKLV

    This sidewalk inventory is the first of its kind for the Lehigh Valley region and intends to provide an assessment of sidewalk

    connectivity. Among the many beneficial applications to this study is one main goal: to promote an interconnected network of pedestrian-accessible transportation corridors.

     

    Uses of the Inventory

    The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) has analyzed the results of this inventory against both the transit stop inventory in an effort to identify significant gaps and the trail inventory to identify opportunities for future connectivity. Sidewalk gaps represent a significant barrier to accessibility, and this report will lay the groundwork for a future regional bicycle and pedestrian planning study, which municipalities can use to underpin a variety of additional multimodal activities. This study will support prioritization of projects; inform funding decisions; support comprehensive planning efforts; support bicycle and pedestrian; and parks, recreation and open space initiatives. The results are available to our state, regional and municipal partners, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta), Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape, health officials and school districts. In addition, the inventory will be readily available in an easy to access online format, which will serve as a tool for future planning and prioritization.

     

    WalkLV Document PDF

  • BATH MULTIMODAL SAFETY + PARKING ANALYSIS

     

    SUMMARY

    Bath is a borough of 2,700 people that has an attractive setting in Northampton County and an historic charm that’s helped its downtown withstand economic downtowns. However, its location at the intersection of five busy state roads makes it particularly vulnerable to the kinds of challenges that can come from growth, congestion and truck traffic.  The demand on the street network, combined with a lack of cohesion in policies that don’t always promote safe connectivity for drivers or pedestrians, hasn’t maximized positive growth or highlighted the special historic character of the Borough. The size of Bath, its commercial zoning opportunities and proximity to a growing trail network however, make it an ideal candidate for installing active transportation improvements. Through partnership with the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study, Borough of Bath and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a year-long study was initiated in December 2016 to determine what those improvements could be.

     

    The study began with the collection of information including vehicle volumes, parking capacity, safety data and projected road work in order to identify problems affecting efficiency and safety within the borough's transportation network. During this phase, three project goals were established:

     

    Safety for all users

    Adequate parking + connectivity

    Preparation for future growth of the borough

     

    A second phase of the project used that information to develop appropriate and realistic recommendations for a cohesive, long-range strategy of street network improvements. These place heavy emphasis on encouraging walkability, multimodalism and placemaking in the central blocks of the commercial and historic district. The report and its recommendations were adopted by Bath Council in July 2018.

     

    Click here to view the full report

     

    The project is already making news. Click here to view the May 7, 2018 LVB.com article "Strategies for upgrading Bath's downtown core revealed"

     

    IMAGES OF BATH BOROUGH AND CONCEPTUAL RENDERINGS

    The renderings below demonstrate how, through coordinated efforts by various stakeholders, Bath Borough's street networks might better function for drivers, pedestrians, bikers, residents and business owners.

     

  • CATASAUQUA FRONT STREET STUDY

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

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Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

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