At the September 2013 Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee meeting, One Hwang presented the Easy Ride Travel Time (ERTT) methodology and its application to streets and bike paths in Watertown.
Bicycling is a mode of transportation that can advance economic development and other overarching community goals. However, until recently, the lack of credible tools that help cities and towns understand the impact of bicycle infrastructure on users of the transportation system and economic development has prevented them from investing in improved facilities for bicycling. ERTT, a new tool for calculating the quality of bicycle infrastructure, fills this gap and has the potential to help cities and towns to make stronger commitments to bicycling.
The ERTT can be applied to appraise the Watertown Community Path, a 1.8-mile-long shared-use trail that would connect important commercial areas in Watertown and that was proposed in 2010. Although the path enjoys community support, the Town Council has not yet decided to fund its construction. Understanding how the path would improve access to employment and shopping centers may play a crucial role in the Town Council's decision to build the path.