Bamberton Internal Transit
(1) What is the purpose of having an internal minibus/transit service ?
• To minimize the frequency of cars on neighbourhood streets by providing an alternative means of getting around from one neighbourhood to another. (Residents consideration)
• To strengthen the argument for narrow streets, in terms of reduced vehicle use (MoTH consideration)
• To provide a Bamberton feature "trade mark" - the experience of travelling on the Bamberton Bus being something visitors & residents remember, love, and talk about. (Sales/marketing consideration)
• To demonstrate the commitment to sustainability re energy-use, reduced traffic, & full mobility
• (Livability/Sustainability/Environmental Assessment consideration/reduced CO2 + ecological footprint)
• Reduced ownership of second car (Sales consideration)
(2) What community needs should the ideal service meet ?
•'Jitney' pick-up service
• Connection village to village, & to Town Centre
• Connection to Mill Bay/ Duncan
• Shopping & commercial goods delivery service
• Bicycle trailer service
• Informal message, drop-off & "what's going on" service
• Tourist & visitor service
• Sales/Promotion Bus - Tour Guide
(3) Ownership & financing possibilities
(a) Community ownership & operation, managed through the Community Utility, or a non-profit Bamberton Transportation Society. (Shares = yearly pass for residents)
(b) Private ownership and operation as a business. (c) Other
- How to raise & repay the capital to purchase & fit out the first bus ?
(4) Initiation & management possibilities
(a) South Island gives a written to commitment research, develop, and get the most appropriate service going through one of the above, and underwrites the service financially for first 5 years (recouped through development cost charges), as an essential community service.
(b) SIDC researches, and prepares terms and conditions for an appropriate system, and then offers it on 1 year renewable license to an operator (private or community), with or without financial underwriting.
(5) Street & Neighbourhood Design Considerations
- What is the MoTH argument about Bamberton not being transit-friendly ?
- Neighbourhood centre & Town Centre bus stop arrangements
- En-route bus stop/jitney arrangements
- Optimum size of bus
- Most practical bus-routes through the neighbourhoods
- Pedestrian distance from houses to the bus route; % of households within 5" walk of a bus stop
- Optimum number of bus-stops to facilitate travel time + pick-up convenience
- Phasing. Logistics of running the service 10 years on, with 6,000 residents. Bus depot ?
PARK & RIDE FACILITY
- The merits of establishing a park & ride facility for visitors
- Reduces the trail of cars through the town, and to the town centre
- Reinforces the message that Bamberton is "something special, something different"
- Reduces parking space requirements at Neighbourhood Centres &Town Centre
- Optimum location
- Operating, security & financial procedures
- Can we locate a local cart for hill & distance trials at Bamberton ?
- How will they integrate with cars, & neighbourhood centre parking arrangements ?
- If they are feasible, how can we facilitate their supply and sale ?
- Rental/lease/community purchase ?
- Will too many carts undermine the critical mass needed for internal transit ?
- Electric bikes (Eric Neilsen, Canada franchise holder)
Guy Dauncey, November 25th 1994