In 2017 and 2018 KDI partnered with residents of Thermal and Oasis, two under-resourced farm working communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley, to create a multimodal transportation plan to improve mobility, increase cyclist and pedestrian safety, enhance environmental and public health, and strengthen communications between transit agencies and communities.
Residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley often highlight transportation as their biggest challenge, with a dangerous lack of sidewalks and inadequate public transport.
Yet the fact that the communities are unincorporated means that they do not have access to transportation planning services that could alleviate these problems.
Through a series of on-street engagements, workshops, and pedestrian, bike and traffic analyses, KDI and residents identified transportation challenges and key areas for improvement.
We then co-developed a context-specific, environmentally conscious plan to address these issues. Community members highlighted which improvements were most important, providing a framework for phased implementation.
The resident-driven plan features a menu of design options, including multimodal paths for cyclists and pedestrians, concrete sidewalks in a place that has virtually none, crosswalk improvements, improved signage, traffic signals, and roundabouts.
It also includes proposed phasing and concept designs for multimodal paths, wayfinding, and connections to public transit on key corridors.
Once adopted by Riverside County, the plan will make both communities eligible to apply for local and state funding to carry out the mobility improvements that they want and need.
This will increase access to community amenities, improve public health, reduce environmental pollution, and result in more connected communities.