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Appendix 4 Exemplary Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans



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Appendix 4 Exemplary Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans



Bicycle Plans

City of Santa Barbara


A comprehensive plan for integrating bicycling infrastructure into the city's street network, including on- and off-road facilities, and ancillary facilities such as bicycle parking, signing and other amenities. www.ci.santa-barbara.ca.us/pworks/transp/bike_plan/bmp_toc.html.

City of Portland, Ore.


During the 1990's the City of Portland has developed an extensive bicycling infrastructure including on- and off-street routes, bicycle parking, and other facilities. A Master Plan is at: www.trans.ci.portland.or.us/traffic_management/bicycle_program/BikeMasterPlan/Default.htm.

Contact: City of Portland, 1120 SW Fifth Ave, Room 730, Portland, OR 97204. (503) 823-7671.



City of Philadelphia, Pa


The City was awarded more than $3 million of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program funds to plan and implement a city-wide bicycle network featuring bike lanes, trails, and bicycle parking facilities. www.phila.gov/departments/street/html/the_bicycle_network.html.

Contact: City of Philadelphia Streets Department, (215) 686-5514,



City of Chicago, Ill.

Mayor Daley announced in the early 1990’s that Chicago would become a bicycle-friendly city by the year 2000. A simple seven-page plan launched a series of improvements to existing facilities and the striping of several miles of bike lane each year. The plan has spawned more detailed bicycle plans: www.cityofchicago.org/Transportation/Bikes/bicycle.htm.

Contact: Bicycle Program, 30 N. LaSalle Street, #400, Chicago, IL 60602. 312-744-8093


City of Tucson, Ariz.


With a network of more than 240 miles of bikeway already on the ground, the Tucson Bikeway Improvement Plan identifies more than 50 additional miles of striped bike lanes that will be added to the system by 2001. www.ci.tucson.az.us/transport/planning/overview.html.

Contact: City of Tucson, 201 North Stone - 6th Floor, Tucson, AZ 85726. (520) 791-4372



New York City, NY


This award-winning plan identifies more than 900 miles of on- and off-street facilities and recommends a series of policies and programs that would promote bicycle use, encourage integration with transit, and link to the City's greenway system. www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dcp/html/bndprods.html#b

Wisconsin Department of Transportation


Adopted in December, 1998, the Wisconsin Bicycle Transportation Plan 2020 provides a blueprint for more and safer bicycle trips with recommendations and roles for a variety of government agencies and groups. www.dot.state.wi.us/dtim/bop/finalbike.html.

Contact: Tom Huber, Wisconsin DOT, P.O.Box 7913, Madison, WI 53707. 608-267-7757



Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


One of the first ISTEA-generated statewide bicycle plans. The PennDOT plan included extensive public outreach and an intensive "in-reach" program for PennDOT staff and agencies. The plan incorporates an extensive design manual. Contact: PennDOT, 717-783-8444

Pedestrian plans

City of West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Transportation Element of the city's 1998 Comprehensive Plan establishes a new traffic hierarchy in which traffic calming is a key strategy in promoting walking and pedestrian safety.

Contact: Tim Stillings, Planning Department, P.O. Box 3366, West Palm Beach,

FL 33402. (561) 659-8031.

City of Portland, Ore.


The City has adopted a two-part plan: Part One outlines the policies and plans for improving conditions for walking and Part Two is a detailed design manual for pedestrian facilities. www.trans.ci.portland.or.us/Sidewalks_and_Pedestrians.html.

Contact: Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Portland, 1120 SW Fifth Ave, Portland, OR 97204.



City of Madison, Wis.


Adopted in September 1997, Madison's visionary plan for walking incorporates planning, design, maintenance, and long-term goals and objectives. Madison was one of the first communities to adopt a separate plan for walking. www.ci.madison.wi.us/reports/execsum2.pdf.

Contact: Arthur Ross, City of Madison, P.O. Box 2986, Madison, WI 53701. 608-266-6225.



City of Tucson, Ariz.


Closely matching the City's bicycling plan, Tucson has adopted an ambitious plan to improve conditions for walking that is clearly identifiable in the City's annual workplan.

Contact: Tom Fisher, City of Tucson, 201 North Stone, Tucson, AZ 85726. 520-791-4372



Arlington County, Va.

Arlington County is one of the nation's densest urban areas and has developed a pedestrian plan that builds on the accessibility of two major transit corridors in the County. An extensive sidewalk building program is complemented by a neighborhood traffic calming program, all directed by citizen task forces. www.co.arlington.va.us/dpw/planning/ped/ped.htm.

Contact: Arlington County DPW, 2100 Clarendon Blvd - Suite 717, Arlington, VA 22201


North Central Texas Council of Governments


Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Planning and Design Guidelines, developed in December 1995 provides guidance on planning and designing facilities which improve bicycle and pedestrian mobility. www.nctcog.dst.tx.us/envir/bikeped/plandesign/execsumm.html.

Contact: Mike Sims, NCTCOG, P.O. 5888, Arlington, TX 76005. 817-695-9226



Washington State Department of Transportation


Washington State DOT adopted a Pedestrian Policy Plan in 1993 that focused on local and regional planning for pedestrians, necessary pedestrian facility types and locations, and who should pay for them. www.wsdot.wa.gov/hlrd/sub-defaults/pedestrian-default.htm

Contact: Julie Mercer Matlick, WSDOT, P.O. Box 47393, Olympia, WA 98504. (360) 705-7505



Oregon Department of Transportation


A comprehensive pedestrian (and bicycle) planning and design document. www.odot.state.or.us/techserv/bikewalk.

Contact: Michael Ronkin, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, ODOT, Room

210-Transportation Building, Salem, OR 97310. (503) 986-3555.




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