A network of complete streets improves the safety, convenience, efficiency, and accessibility of the transportation system for all users. The TPO has a history of planning for complete streets that dates back well before the creation and popularity of the term. The 2005 Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan was centered on providing transportation choices by integrating bicycle and pedestrian facilities in transportation planning activities. The 2010 Bicycle Pedestrian Plan centered on identifying potential bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements and prioritizing them for future construction. In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation adopted the Complete Streets policy in September 2014, which promotes safety, quality of life, and economic development in Florida.
Given the many bicycle and pedestrian improvements over the past five years as well as the addition of the Complete Streets policy, the TPO will undertake an effort to incorporate the improvements and Complete Streets policy into an updated Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan. The ultimate goal of this plan is to develop a non-motorized system that addresses the needs of all users and encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation. By providing alternate modes of transportation, citizens benefit not only with their own physical health but increased prosperity for themselves and the community as a whole. The purpose of the Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan Update is to:
- Develop a shared vision for all communities through public input.
- Develop strategies that support integration of safe and well-connected pedestrian and bicycle networks into the overall transportation system.
CALL FOR PROJECTS
As part of the planning process for the Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan, Florida-Alabama TPO staff have opened a call for projects. Please submit a project form for each pedestrian/bicycle facility project you would like to see implemented in your community and email completed forms to David Wood. If a project was included in the 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, please re-submit it. Deadline to submit projects is close of business, Friday, January 19.
Florida-Alabama TPO staff will rank eligible projects based on the prioritization methodology. The preliminary scores will then be presented to the Pedestrian Bicycle Advocacy Working Group for review of rankings and feedback. Final rankings will be included in the updated Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan.
For questions or concerns, please contact David Wood.
Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Advocacy Working Group Workshop #1
- Workshop Notes
- Workshop Photos
- Current Facility Inventory Interactive Map – (Includes information from City of Pensacola, Santa Rosa County, and the City of Milton. Maps will be updated as information is received.)
- Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan Draft Vision and Goals – (Please have all comments to Brittany Ellers by close of business Tuesday, September 14.)
Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Advocacy Working Group Workshop #2
- Workshop Notes (Coming soon)
- Prioritization Methodology (Coming soon)