Planning Study


Active transportation (such as bicycling, walking, or any other form of human-powered, non-motorized transportation) serves multiple purposes. First, an automobile or bus is not always the most efficient, cost-effective form of transportation, especially for short trips. Second, active transportation is relatively inexpensive transportation and can be vital for financially-stressed households. Third, active transportation helps the community meet not only mobility goals, but also public health goals and ecological goals.

The regional Active Transportation Plan is intended to be a deep dive into the specific and sometime peculiar barriers and opportunities that face this particular form of transportation. The goal of the plan is to identify specific projects or policies that will help improve the active transportation environment throughout the region and facilitate convenient and safe active trips for all needs and purposes.

What Is Happening Now?

Analysis is underway for both regional needs for system connectivity and possible improvements to existing networks within cities. Issues relative to safety, connectivity and other needs for bicyclists and pedestrians will be documented and discussed with local staff and representatives. This local level analysis based on policy level agreement with goals and objectives will provide a basis for determining broader regional needs and project opportunities.

Then What?

Once the area wide analysis of active transportation facility needs is completed and reviewed at the local and regional level, the results will be made available for review and comment from the general public. Further discussion including feedback from the public about how well (or not) the system is providing needed service will guide the remaining steps of plan development.

How Can I Participate?

For more information on the process and how you can participate contact Fred Sandal, You can monitor the APO’s Facebook page or sign up for our “Interested Persons” mailing list to be notified of public input opportunities. Just go to our GET INVOLVED page and use the SIGN UP TO STAY INFORMED form at the bottom of the page.

Please refer to this page for status reports and updates on the progress of the Active Transportation Plan.