Multi-Modal Transportation: Designing for Today’s Community + Tomorrow’s Generation
Shifting patterns in transportation are changing the way forward-thinking city planners are approaching improvement and redevelopment projects in their communities, with new focus centered around providing dynamic and safe alternative transportation opportunities. While the Flintstones were clearly archaic in their methods, they had it right when it came to active transportation and hitting their feet on the street. The purpose of a multi-modal transportation plan is to provide safe and efficient movement of people and goods through a community while maximizing existing transportation networks efficiency. To do so, many elements must be considered, from bicycle and pedestrian planning, ADA compliance, creating and preserving urban forests/greenways, and transit corridors to local business accessibility, parking, and urban design. Nevertheless, these highly complex systems are meant to serve equally dynamic demographics of residents, making user group input critical to each multi-modal plan’s success.
According to a recent study by the American Public Transportation Association, 70% of millennials use multi-modal transportation systems in their everyday life, and that percentage is expected to increase in upcoming years.