Special Bicycle Planning

Bicyclist needs are frequently accommodated through the development of small-area plans that look at the needs of bicyclists along a corridor or specifically as part of a network of bicycle-related facilities. Rather than focusing on a particular property, or looking at an entire community, these plans have a limited geographical scope. They are also frequently characterized by a focus on bicyclists, although bicyclist needs may be incorporated into comprehensive small-area plans. Specific examples include corridor plans, transit access plans, and trails and greenway plans. Examples of special bicycle plans can be found in the Sample Plans section.

Corridor Planning

These studies focus on a specific roadway corridor or revitalization area, and may address a wider variety of transportation and community planning issues along with bicycle and pedestrian improvements. These plans can be used to direct future growth along the corridor, or may focus more on physical planning issues such as traffic calming, streetscape improvements, improvements to bicycle, pedestrian, and motor vehicle flow, removing barriers to improve accessibility, or other types of improvements.

Transit Access Planning

Transit access studies represent another level of bicycle and pedestrian planning. They typically include analysis and improvements to a specific zone immediately adjacent to (or surrounding) transit stations and/or transit stops, as well as on-site bicycle accommodations. For more on transit access issues, visit the Transit section.

Trails and Greenway Planning

These studies typically concentrate on an off-road system of pathways that supplement sidewalks and bikeways within the roadway network. The paths or trails included in these plans should be planned and designed to meet the needs of various users including bicyclists and pedestrians. The primary purpose of these studies may be to support alternative transportation, or they may have a recreation focus as well. For more on trail design issues, visit the Engineering section.