CHAGRIN FALLS REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION STUDY
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO
The Village of Chagrin Falls and the surrounding municipalities possess many local and regional amenities that attract long-term residents and over 12,500 regional, national, and international tourists annually. However, the existing infrastructure does not serve non-motorized users well.
Funded through a NOACA TLCI (Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Transportation for Livable Community Initiative) grant, Behnke developed a long-range vision that will enhance the community's quality of life and promote safety using a network of non-motorized routes, bike lanes, and all-purpose trails, connecting key local and regional resources.
The project involved extensive data analysis within the 21 square mile study area, which is home to 17,000 residents. Existing conditions included:
- examining previous planning studies
- compiling and analyzing GIS data regarding land use, natural features, bicycle accident history, road and Right-of-Way widths, and regional context and connections
- assessing existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities and roadway conditions through photo- and video-documented site reconnaisance,
- and gathering citizens' needs and opinions through public meetings, focus groups, online surveys, blogs, and websites.
The Chagrin Falls Alternative Transportation Study Report concluded with a comprehensive menu of recommendations:
- Prioritized pedestrian and bicycle facility development, categorized by end-user skill level and municipality,
- Trailhead, bicycle parking, and bike station locations,
- Signage, pavement marking, and drainage structure grate improvements,
- Motorist and non-motorist education, legislation, and law enforcement,
- Traffic calming measures,
- Non-motorized transportation promotional events,
- Historic site and natural feature educational circuit,
- Maintenance and operation planning, and
- Funding sources and implementation strategies.
Construction Cost: $26.5 - 33.5 Million