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Tuesday, May 8 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
POSTER: Mapping and Analysis of Walkability and Bikeability on the Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire

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AUTHORS: Matt Waitkins, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Sara Siskavich, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Ryan Friedman, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Andrew Smeltz*, Nashua Regional Planning Commission

ABSTRACT: Making roadways and other urban infrastructure favorable for bicycles and pedestrians has numerous benefits for communities and society at large. In order for planners to make informed decisions on where to allocate resources for bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects, it is necessary to review and analyze a variety of GIS data sources and take input from constituency groups. In this project, staff members from Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) assisted the Town of Merrimack, NH, acting through its planning board, in compiling and analyzing various types of spatial data, which we used to map current conditions for bicycling and walking on the Route 3 (Daniel Webster Highway) corridor. Our goal was to assist the town in identifying areas most in need of improvements to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. NRPC collected field data on existing pedestrian and bicycle features using the NH Statewide Asset Data Exchange System (SADES), which we merged into an existing statewide dataset. With ArcGIS, we analyzed roadway segments for bicycle and pedestrian level of stress and mapped these findings in the context of datalayers characterizing existing conditions. We also synthesized the planning board?s anecdotal observations and added them to the map as graphical elements. Our final product is a map that incorporates objective spatial data with interpretive analysis. After further public comment and any subsequent refinement, the map will be used to inform a corridor plan that summarizes analyses, recommendations, and action steps that address the town?s specific goals and priorities for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Laurel/McHugh Hall First Floor

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