The Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan will identify regional priority corridors for cycling and will recommend strategies for improving walkability in communities throughout the MAPA region. The final plan will identify recommendations for short, medium, and long-term investments in cycling infrastructure to make important regional connections and improve the safety of the transportation system.
A public information meeting was held in January 2014 to review preliminary corridors and to identify other important connections in the region. Since that time MAPA has been coordinating with local jurisdictions to review corridors in the MAPA region and to evaluate specific project recommendations for project corridors. The overall aim of these efforts and of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan is to:
Improve Safe Mobility Choices | A regional system should be designed not just for avid cyclists, but for everyday use by ordinary citizens and commuters. This reflects MAPA’s commitment to increase the active transportation modal split in the region and the overall safety of the transportation system.
Connect Places | A regional system should connect the region’s communities, with priority investment in corridors and routes that minimize complexity and maximize system legibility. This is especially important as local bike-ped planning efforts ramp up and risks of a disconnected and illegible system increase.
Value Existing Places While Planning for New Ones | A regional system should strengthen existing places and communities by providing mobility options as well as encourage new development that is friendlier to cycling, walking, and transit.
Achieve a High Return on Investment for Community & Fiscal Health | A regional system should be sustainable in the broadest sense. Benefits should be measured from the standpoint of investment generated as well as improved health and community for outcomes.
Foster Collaboration between Jurisdictions and Levels of Government | A regional system should be built with the participation and support of all of the region’s local units of government, as well as state and Federal government.