Connectivity & Walkability Study RFP sought by City of Hastings, NE

The City of Hastings, Nebraska is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for a Walkability & Connectivity Study.

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Hastings is served by two major highways, east-west U.S. Highways 6 & 34, and north-south U.S. Highway 281. The City is located about fourteen miles south of Interstate 80 and is also served by Amtrak passenger rail. The Hastings Municipal Airport, owned and operated by the City of Hastings, also serves the City. The population is approximately 25,000.

Deadline: March 22nd, 2018

SCOPE OF WORK

The following is a suggested scope of work of the tasks required to accomplish the goals and objectives of this project. Consultants should note that there is a significant level of involvement by the Hastings Complete Streets Committee. 

  • Inventory & evaluate all existing sidewalks and trail within Hastings, including ADA accessibility issues, with primary focus on the southern portion of the City.
  • Identify existing and or intended areas of high pedestrian movement, and formulate a plan that connects these areas through existing sidewalk and trail improvements or additions to the existing network.
  • Create design templates tailored to various areas of the City for complete streets, sidewalks, or walking trails to achieve a uniform appearance for future projects that blend well with the existing infrastructure.
  • Create and design a signage program for our City's sidewalks that encourages walking through our community.
  • Based on the identified improvements needed, formulate a prioritization plan for implementation based on the community's needs and future growth plans.
  • Design an implementable program of funding for making both repairs to the existing network and for network additions. Incorporate funding recommendations into the final walkability and connectivity report.

PROJECT DELIVERABLES

The City seeks the following deliverables from the project:

  • The contractor should consult with City officials, Engineering, Planning, and Parks Departments, the Complete Streets Committee, and other key local stakeholders.
  • A workshop convening key neighborhood representatives and citizens to gather input and present initial ideas for recommendations for the study.
  • A written report that includes:
    • Background and information on the value of a connected, walkable, and bikeable community for neighborhood, health, economic vitality and other purposes.
    • Identification and discussion of high priority areas for sidewalk improvements or deployment, trail connections, and other walkability improvements. This should include maps and selected photos/graphics highlighting these opportunities/needs for walkability/connectivity improvements.
    • Recommendations on design templates for walkability facilities and complete streets.
    • Recommendations for signage.
    • A section describing how these walkability investments can support and integrate with broader comprehensive plans and land use opportunities, needs and recommendations.
    • Information and recommendations on the roles and responsibilities of residents and businesses on their own sidewalks.
    • A concise prioritization plan.
    • A resource roadmap on funding opportunities.
    • Recommendations on key next steps and actions.
    • All data and maps should be submitted in original formats for editing as well as PDFs.

The primary purposes of the final written report would be to:

  1. Educate the general public and key stakeholder organizations on the opportunities for, and priorities regarding an upgrade of, walkability and connectivity in Hastings.
  2. Provide material to guide and support decision making by City of Hastings elected officials and staff on how to proceed with priority walkability projects.
  3. Serve as a document that can support efforts to attract and secure funding for the future implementation of these projects.
  4. A final verbal presentation to the City on the final report, which could be in person to City officials, staff and key stakeholders, or via conference call or webcast.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS OF APPLICANT

The City of Hastings seeks an experienced multi-disciplinary firm or team of firms for the conduct of the Walkability & Connectivity project as outlined in the Scope of Work. Key qualifications and evaluation criteria include:

  • Experience with similar Walkability & Connectivity projects: Please demonstrate your firm and staff abilities based on successful leadership of and/or involvement in similar walkability and connectivity studies and projects. It is strongly suggested that reference to specific projects, along with sample materials or web links to those projects, are provided.
  • Experience with Community Planning: Please demonstrate your firm and staff abilities with respect to community and land use planning, sustainability, community health, signage, bike and walking trails, complete streets, ADA accessibility, or similar community revitalization issues as they relate to how walkability and connectivity should be integrated into these broader contexts.
  • Specific staff assigned: Clearly describe which specific staff will be allocated to this project, and their roles. Provide background on their relevant skills and experience.
  • Ability to integrate into City of Hastings comprehensive land use planning, urban revitalization initiatives, and community context: Demonstrate that your firm understands the City of Hastings Comprehensive Plan (2009), and Complete Streets Policy (2013) in a way that will enable your firm to integrate walkability and connectivity into these broader contexts.