DVRPC’s new Expo: Experimental Pop-ups program offers assistance to communities (counties, municipalities, community/neighborhood groups, or partnerships therein) in the region to test innovative solutions to transportation problems through demonstration, or pop-up projects. Program staff assists communities to design, implement, and measure projects that apply various pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and roadway strategies that address safety and placemaking.
DVRPC offers a variety of technical assistance to selected communities with specific, attainable, near-term projects that promote livability and complete streets. While most communities are primarily interested in having someone to help think through the possibilities and process, DVRPC’s role on selected Expo projects might include the following tasks:
- Project management
- Design concepts
- Identifying materials
- Signing and striping plans
- Permit application
- Agency and stakeholder coordination
- Creating community feedback surveys
- Traffic counts for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles
If you are interested in bringing a pilot project to your community, contact Betsy Mastaglio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheels on Windsor
Narberth Borough, Montgomery County, PA
DVRPC partnered with Narberth Borough and the Narberth Cycling Club to build a protected bike lane on Windsor Avenue as a 10-day pilot project. It demonstrated features of “complete streets” design (i.e. streets that accommodate all users and improve mobility), and ran from November 20 through November 30, 2020.
The pilot included installation of a two-way protected bike lane along Windsor Avenue, temporary removal of a left-turn lane at Narberth Avenue, and enhanced signage and pavement markings to remind drivers to yield to people walking and biking at intersections. The demonstration provided an opportunity to collect relevant data and community feedback with minimal cost and use of Borough resources. The pilot is the first step toward implementation of the bicycle network goals in Narberth’s Comprehensive Plan. Feedback and data from the pilot will help guide bicycle infrastructure priorities and possibly future pilots and projects in Narberth.
West Chester Bike Lane Demonstration
West Chester Borough, Delaware County, PA
On October 19, 2019, DVRPC joined the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), Traffic Planning and Design (TPD), Chester County Planning Commission and Bike Chester County for a parking protected bicycle lane demonstration on Market Street in the heart of West Chester. The three-hour demonstration closed a right-turn-only lane, and relocated curb parking by 10 feet to create a safe bicycle lane for riders of all ages. The demonstration grew out of DVRPC’s 2018 West Chester Pike at Paoli Pike Multimodal Traffic and Circulation Study, which found that excess lane capacity for vehicles on this block of Market Street could be reallocated for use by cyclists. This successful demonstration helped raise awareness for high-quality bike infrastructure in West Chester, and offered TMACC and DVRPC a model of how to pursue pop-up or pilot project opportunities in the future.