Communities that are bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly have one thing in common: they place a high priority on planning methods and policies that favor nonmotorized modes of travel. Planning enables communities to be proactive in addressing biking issues and providing safe, bikeable environments. Successful land use and transportation planning is key in establishing good multi-modal service.
A transportation system that supports bicycling and walking enhances health, reduces traffic congestion, promotes economic vitality, and improves quality of living. Good policies and plans can take many forms and are developed and implemented at various levels of government, through institutional measures, and public involvement. In many cases, support from the private sector is essential for success.
Learn more about how support for bicyclists and pedestrians can be integrated into plans and policies, and what is needed to create a good bicycle/pedestrian master plan, including:
- Facilitate public participation
- Determine community vision and objectives
- Create a fact-base: document locations of existing facilities and their use
- Identify and prioritize locations needing improvement
- Evaluate alternatives and determine solutions
- Establish key design procedures
- Evaluate and revise plans
Another document that describes the process for creating nonmotorized plans-specific to pedestrian safety issues, but generally transferable to bicycle planning-is the FHWA guide, How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.