2018 Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update
Bike Plan History
The City’s first Bikeway Master Plan was adopted in 1993. The plan has been updated a couple times since then, most recently in 2009. Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans (BPMP) are guiding policy documents that establish local priorities for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
Bicycling and walking for daily needs is good for public health, especially school-aged children who statistics demonstrate are increasingly becoming overweight due to lack of exercise and suffer associated risks of diabetes. Encouraging children to ride bikes and walk could help with this epidemic.
The Planning Commission considered the BPMP Update in December 2017 and made suggestions on how to support a more robust approach for pedestrian-oriented policies in the plan. The revised, updated plan addresses the Commission’s ideas, incorporates a greater breadth of pedestrian-oriented walking routes, goals, policies and actions.
Bike Plan Goals
The 2011 and 2018 Circulation Elements include policies to develop a “Pedestrian” Master Plan and to integrate “complete streets” for all modes of transportation, including cars, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians for all levels of mobility. The Draft 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) supports the City’s Circulation Element and addresses both bicycle and pedestrian needs, with a focus on connecting missing links in the networks for commuters, school age children, and for recreational purposes.
The 2018 BPMP also places a strong focus on bike and pedestrian safety and education. Safe facilities and proper training programs would encourage users to enjoy the benefits of bicycling and walking to their destinations. Recent economic studies, including the local 2017 Economic Forecast, demonstrate the importance of community place-making that showcase community assets and resources for continued diverse economic development (e.g. great places to build new housing and business development), and that provide added experiences, such as outdoor activities (e.g. walking paths and bicycle facilities) because they provide expanded offerings that attract visitors. Communities that see shifts in how people travel (from cars to bicycling and walking) have a direct correlation with investments in well-connected facilities that are safe. Additionally, traffic congestion, especially around school zones, may decrease with well-connected bike routes and sidewalks.
Development of the proposed BPMP included a well-rounded, inclusive public outreach process. One of the goals of the outreach process was to obtain input from a wide range of residents, businesses and organizations, not just self-selected bike advocates. The program was successful in this effort.