The Bicycle and Pedestrian Systems Plan (BPSP) was adopted in 2020 and establishes a long-term vision to improve walking and bicycling infrastructure for transportation needs. It replaced the 1998 Bicycle Master Plan and updates the 1998 Linear Park Trail Phase II Master Plan. The BPSP has three goals:
- Build an equitable and comprehensive network for walking and biking.
- Make walking and biking safe, comfortable, and dignified.
- Build capacity, support, and momentum for walking and biking.
One of the key projects from the plan is the two-way protected bike lane on the west side of North Manhattan Avenue. It will eventually run from Claflin Road to City Park, making it the premier safe and useful route for bikers to travel north-south through corridors dominated by cars. The two-way lanes are being designed now by Olsson. The portion of the protected lanes through Aggieville will be financed through the TIF district. The City is still trying to pin down funding for the rest of it north of Anderson Avenue, which will cost about $1.4 million.
While the original focus of the BPSP was on walking and biking as modes of transportation within the public right-of-way, staff decided to incorporate the recreational trail prioritization work undertaken by the Parks and Recreation Department. The City’s off-street trail system is an equally important component of our overall multi-modal transportation network and helps connect various neighborhoods and destinations.
Learn more about the BPSP and find trail maps at https://cityofmhk.com/1070/Bicycle-and-Pedestrian