Manhattan has been a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community since 2012, according to the League of American Bicyclists. This means the City meets certain enforcement, education, engineering, evaluation, and encouragement standards that impact cycling. But there is still a need to increase safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians in all neighborhoods. The following plans guide the process.
Bicycle Master Plan
The purpose of the Bicycle Master Plan is to create a structure for future development of bicycle facilities to respond to both short and long-term needs. This guide plan responds to existing bicycling conditions, to future growth and development patterns, and to physical characteristics of the community. The 1998 Bicycle Master Plan seeks to integrate bicycle use into the transportation infrastructure in a manner that will safely and efficiently accommodate cyclists.
Five-Year Strategic Plan
The Five-Year Strategic Plan provides implementation and funding plans for the Bicycle Master Plan for 2012-2016. View a map of completed and future projects that are part of this plan.
A new Five-Year Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 has been developed. Maps detail budgeted projects for these years. The City Commission will approve projects during each budget cycle according to available funds.
Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy
The 2015 Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy is a long-range plan for the Manhattan Urban Area. Chapter 2: Pedestrian Facilities and Chapter 3: Bicycle Facilities detail existing conditions and future objectives for non-motorized modes of transportation. As of 2015, MATS serves as the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans.