Type: Complete Streets Guide
Size: Lewiston-Auburn, ME (59,647 population, 101 sq. miles)
In 2014, Street Plans was commissioned by the Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center— the Metropolitan Planning Organization serving the urbanized area of Lewiston, Auburn, Lisbon, and portions of Sabattus, Maine- to help the Lewiston-Auburn area achieve a balanced and complete transportation system. Street Plans performed three tasks to help the Twin Cities accomplish this goal: An Arterial Streets Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
Analysis, a Complete Streets Best Management Practices Manual, and a Bicycle/Pedestrian Greenways Connectivity
First, Street Plans conducted an existing conditions analysis, collecting specific datasets like street and lane widths, traffic volumes, crash data, and the location of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities. After the information baseline was established, Street Plans took to the streets to conduct a Handlebar and Walkabout Survey, riding and walking around the study area to view existing conditions on the ground. This research culminated in a report with recommendations and cost estimates for addressing bicycle and pedestrian access in the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.
Street Plans then developed a Complete Streets Best Management Practices Guide, which offers an overview of Complete Streets, categorization of Lewiston-Auburn’s unique thoroughfare types, and a “toolbox” of 38 best practices for achieving Complete Streets— which includes walking, cycling, public space, transit, and driving infrastructure design techniques. With this manual, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn can better plan, design, and implement Complete Streets.
The final task involved recommendations for how to connect and enhance the existing greenways in Lewiston and Auburn to create a unified greenway network. The report provided three different route options for connecting Lewiston’s Riverside Greenway to Simard-Payne Park, which would allow access across the river to Auburn’s riverwalk and Moulton Park.