From a young age I was fascinated with the freedom and flexibility offered by little more than a creative mind and a set of pedals. No destination was out of reach, no obstacle too tough to overcome.
I have always sought career choices that have allowed me to tap into the universal enthusiasm and love of exploring that mobility provides. Unfortunately, I’ve also come to learn that the world has a long way to go before it is truly designed for the cyclist or pedestrian.
For the last six years, I have worked to become part of the answers to the problems of deficient cycling and pedestrian environments. In addition to cycling and pedestrian planning, I have been working on a number of projects that addressed the mobility needs of all people, and have developed a particular interest in using the built environment to enhance communities through smart, accessible design and intelligent, collaborative solutions.
My areas of interest include cyclist and pedestrian needs assessments, facility design and funding strategies, route- and wayfinding for the sighted and visually impaired, and the roles played by transit and emerging technology in the completion of the mobility picture of communities and their residents.
Mr. Gaze is a transit and transportation planner and has over five years’ experience in the active transportation planning field, and has also taught graduate-level classes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at San Diego State University. His areas of expertise include cyclist and pedestrian needs assessments, facility design and funding strategies, the analysis of transit service feasibility and system operations, and facilitating the implementation other alternative modes of transportation, including vanpooling, carsharing, and ADA-compliant paratransit services.
University of Oklahoma Bicycle Master Plan, Norman, OK
Alta is working with the University of Oklahoma to develop a Bicycle Master Plan for the Norman campus. Mr. Gaze developed a series of priority screening measures to rank the project’s recommended facilities and guide the development of a signature project for implementation.
City of Santa Ana Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plans, Santa Ana, CA
Mr. Gaze is leading this update of the City of Santa Ana’s Bicycle Master Plan and the development of a Pedestrian Master Plan. The effort involves an extensive data collection and outreach effort, and will focus on developing facilities and recommendations to enhance the pedestrian realm of the downtown core as well as outlying suburban areas.
County of Imperial Bicycle Master Plan, County of Imperial, CA
The County of Imperial retained Alta to develop their Bicycle Master Plan. Mr. Gaze revised the Draft Plan, developed maps and other visual materials for use in project workshops and other outreach efforts, and developed a series of project ranking criteria for use in developing priority projects for implementation.
San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Improving Access to Transit for Cyclists and Pedestrians Study, San Bernardino, CA
Alta is working on this project for the San Bernardino Associated Governments which aims to provide a series of recommendations designed to improve access to ten transit stations in the SANBAG study area. The stations include Metrolink commuter rail stations and planned sbX BRT stations. Specific improvements include wayfinding measures, intersection improvemnts, and freeway interchange treatments designed to improve the pedestrian and cyclist environment around the ten stations.