The future of biking and walking in and around Arapahoe County is looking bright.
The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has voted unanimously to adopt the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which includes policy recommendations, a design guide and a proposed network of on-street and trail facilities and projects.
The Plan was previously adopted by the county’s Planning Commission and will become part of the Comprehensive Master Plan through the year 2035.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is a joint effort of the county’s Open Spaces and Public Works and Development’s Transportation Division and has been in development since May 2016.
It includes a vision and goals for biking and walking in and around the county and provides a framework for creating a comprehensive on-street bicycle and trail network that safely connects neighborhoods and destinations and encourages walking and bicycling, as well as equestrian use.
The plan covers both the incorporated and unincorporated portions of Arapahoe County and was developed in close coordination with local municipalities. Public feedback was sought through public meetings, an online survey and engagement through social media, which reached more than 62,000 residents and businesses.
“Our community has shown their passion for this project and it’s important that we support the development of a comprehensive, strategic Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan,” said Board Chair Commissioner Nancy Sharpe. “This plan will provide guidance as new facilities are created and allow for more citizens to safely access and enjoy biking and walking for travel and recreation.”
The plan will also help guide future development of bike and pedestrian facilities through a variety of on-street and trail improvements outlined in the proposed network.
On-street bicycle plans include bike routes, bike lanes, multipurpose paths and new options, such as buffered bike lanes and protected bikeways. Off-street trail updates include new trail connections, links to the on-street bike network, future trailheads and underpasses and the widening of heavily-used regional trails.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is a long-term vision that identifies infrastructure projects to create a low-stress network that will be completed in 20 to 30 years. Based on the goals, projects that will have the biggest impact connecting the network and users have been prioritized.
Visit arapahoebikeped.com to learn more about the project and review the plan, design guide and proposed projects. For specific project information, contact project manager Ray Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-874-6551.
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