That was nine years ago and a lot of change has occurred since then. Now we’re looking to give the plan an update and we want your feedback, but first let us tell you what it’s all about...
The Arizona Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan serves to guide ADOT in making transportation decisions that impact bicycling and pedestrian activities. It includes policy recommendations and design and maintenance guidelines all aimed at better accommodating bicyclists and walkers within Arizona’s transportation system.
This current update will not only create some new goals and objectives, but will reflect and respond to changes that have occurred since the plan was first approved, including the state’s population growth, new trends and technologies, and different infrastructure on the highway system (roundabouts, etc.).
The update also is going to take into account parts of the 2003 plan that have already been implemented, including:
- The creation of a statewide bicycle user map and a “Share the Road” guide.
- The publication of the “Sharing the Road with Pedestrians” guide and “Arizona Bicycling Street Smarts.”
- An update to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program website
- The approval of a grant & funding plan, an education plan and a pedestrian action plan.
“What better way to kick off National Bike Month than with a survey that allows people – both bicyclists and pedestrians – to provide us with their input,” said Michael Sanders, ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “It’s this kind of feedback that allows us to refine the goals and objectives of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and work to develop changes in safety, infrastructure and education.”
The survey will be online until the end of the month. Those who would like to request a mailed copy of the survey can call 602-712-8141 or send a request to ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 206 S. 17th Ave., Mail Drop 310B, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
You can find out more information on ADOT’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program website and we’ll be sure to keep you informed as the update progresses ... so stay tuned!