Levels of Bicycle Planning

The rising awareness of bicycle and pedestrian issues in transportation planning has brought with it a new era of planning for these modes. Planning strategies range from a small scale (such as a study to improve a bicycle trail) to a large scale (such as a regional or statewide master plan for bicycling and walking). Planning in conjunction with design and engineering helps to ensure that appropriate facilities for bicyclists are provided throughout the built environment.

While there are some common activities (such as public participation) and common elements (such as descriptions of current conditions) that nearly all bicycle planning projects should include, these types of plans may vary greatly depending upon particular conditions and situations. An effective, interconnected system of bicycle facilities requires planning at a variety of levels. This section describes different levels of scale for bicycle plans and includes links to sample plans. The sample plans include a description of the plan and contact information.

Additionally, there are many good sources of information about planning bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities listed in the Planning Resources section of the web site.