Fair Oaks Blvd Bike Ped Mobility Project

Figure 1: Daily Use of Fair Oaks Blvd

Figure 2: Commute Trips

Figure 3: Local Trips

The Fair Oaks Boulevard Complete Streets Project is an improvement project on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento County, CA.  The project aims to create a “complete street” that will benefit people walking, biking, and using public transit.  Users of the corridor include residents and business owners, who were concerned about maintaining convenient access to the commercial area along Fair Oaks Boulevard, enhancing the corridor by increasing the ability to walk and bike, and reducing traffic speeds through the corridor while not losing business.

Using GPS and cell phone data, we sought to understand three main questions:

Who are the users of Fair Oaks Blvd?

What are the common travel patterns?

How do travel patterns change by user type?

The data showed that approximately 60% of trips using Fair Oaks Boulevard start or end locally (i.e. within ½ mile of the corridor).  Of the commute trips, about half travel between downtown/south Sacramento and the region between I-80 and the American River.  This analysis provides decision makers with valuable information on how to appropriately and fairly fund improvements to Fair Oaks Boulevard.

Fehr & Peers also analyzed changes to travel patterns through the course of a typical weekday.  Commute trips characterize the majority of users on Fair Oaks Boulevard during the AM and PM peak hours, representing 83% of westbound trips and 63% of eastbound trips, respectively, while local trips characterize the majority (2/3) of users during the midday hours.  This information indicates that trips to the Fair Oaks Boulevard Commercial Corridor (i.e. trips that generate revenue for the City) represent a higher proportion of users on Fair Oaks Boulevard during the midday hours than during the peak hours.  Additionally, the high proportion of local trips during the midday hours indicates that there is high potential for many existing local auto trips to shift to walking or biking with improved infrastructure.

When analyzing the different users separately, commute trips are highly directional, which confirms the strong interaction between the jobs center in Sacramento and the suburban communities to the east.  Neighborhoods that have high localized interaction with the Fair Oaks Boulevard Commercial Corridor were also identified.  This information helps to prioritize bicycle and pedestrian improvements access to and along Fair Oaks Boulevard, which would improve safety, encourage more active lifestyles, and promote vibrancy of the community.