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Improving the Lamorinda Trail Loop
This project proposes short-term and long-term improvements to the existing Lamorinda Trail Loop, a tri-city trail loop that connects the Lamorinda region (Cities of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda) in the East Bay Area, California.
I assessed existing General Plan policies promoting bicycle and pedestrian circulation and conducted a visual survey of existing trail loop facilities. I identified perceived pedestrian and bicycle safety along the trail and provided recommendations for improvement from analysis of these materials. In addition to proposing these recommendations, I conducted additional spatial analysis to plan for additional connector trails to the trail loop.
I employed the traditional McHargian overlay planning methodology and used widely accessible spatial data and a Geographic Information System (GIS) to assess presumed community values in terms of cost. I developed methodologies for spatial analysis to assess social and resource values separately, and then combined and reclassified these assessments to create an overall composite opportunities and constraints map for the region. This analysis provided a framework for further planning work and demonstrated the feasibility for using GIS and widely accessible data to plan additional connector trails in the region. Lastly, I offered suggestions to refine future analysis work to incorporate more accurate community values.
Support for this project was provided by the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at UC Davis. Special thanks to CSTARS Director Susan Ustin and Scholars Marco Trombetti and Maria Santos for their advice and encouragement.
UC Davis, LDA 193A / 193B
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