What is the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Map Update?
The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Map Update is actually two separate projects.
The first project is the Update to the 2009 Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. This project will review the existing plan and policies and update them as needed to be current with new regulations, infrastructure, and Connecticut resident’s needs and desires. It will provide a guide for addressing bicycle and pedestrian needs in Connecticut.
The other project is the update to the existing map that was completed in 2009. The Update will display the changes in Connecticut’s bicycling infrastructure and will be highly interactive.
Why is CTDOT conducting this study? Why is it needed?
The existing Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Map were last updated in 2009, respectively. Since then, the context in which the Plan and Map exists has changed, including the following:
- New Statewide legislation has passed including the Bicycle Safety bill that aims to make the streets safer for Connecticut bicyclists.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation has begun two current initiatives, Ladders of Opportunity and Safer People, Safer Streets, both of which address non-motorized safety issues and help communities create safer, better connected bicycling and walking networks.
- The Federal Highway Administration has published an updated “FHWA Guidance: Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of Federal Transportation Legislation”
The updated research, revised guidelines, and new opportunities for funding sources should be reflected in a new updated Plan and Map. In addition, CTDOT would like to ensure that the Plan and Map stay current with the needs and desires of Connecticut residents who travel by bike and/or foot.
Who is involved in this study?
CTDOT is conducting the 18-month project with the help of a consultant team and Steering Committee. The consultant team is led by Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) out of Hartford, Connecticut.
The Steering Committee will consist of representatives from the state’s regional planning agencies and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health.
What is the planning process and time line?
The Update will take place over 18 months, beginning in October 2015 and concluding in the winter of 2017. Plan, policy, and mapping data collection will begin in the fall of 2015. The vision and goals development will follow in the winter of 2016. Next, the Draft Plan and Map Update will be assembled and brought to the Steering Committee and public for review and comment in 2016. Public comments will be incorporated into the Final Plan and Map, which will be completed by the winter of 2017. Finally, the public and interested groups will have ample opportunity to participate in the Plan and Map Update as there will be regular public and group specific outreach meetings over the course of the 18 months. View the project schedule.
What will the final product(s) be?
The final version of the Plan Update will be available in both printed and digital formats. The final Map Update will be an on-line product that will be accessible and optimized for both desktop (PDF) and mobile viewing.
When will the Plan Update be implemented?
The Plan Update will be completed in the winter of 2017 and the Map will be implemented shortly thereafter.
What elements will the Plan include? What elements will the Map include?
The Plan Update will include a thorough development of statewide bicycle and pedestrian vision and goals. The Connecticut Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian policies will be updated based upon the vision and goals. The plan will include a review of the progress that has been made on realizing the Action Strategies included in the 2009 Plan. Finally, federal, state, and local funding opportunities will be considered in the plan.
The interactive Connecticut Bicycle Map Update, which will be accessible and optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing, will include layers of information to assist bicyclists traveling in and through Connecticut.
All major elements to be included in the Plan and Map will be reviewed and commented on by the Steering Committee. The public will also have ample opportunity to comment on these inclusions
How can I make suggestions and get my ideas considered?
You can submit a comment by filling out the comments form on Contact Us. You can also contact Anna Bergeron, Transportation Planner II, Office of Intermodal Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation, directly via email at Anna.Bergeron@ct.gov or phone at 860-594-2140. In addition, you can attend and participate in one or more of the project’s four planned public meetings, which will be scheduled in 2016.
What is the Steering Committee?
The purpose of the Steering Committee is to advise CTDOT and the consultant team on preparing the Plan and Map Updates. The Steering Committee will meet at periodic intervals over the course of the project and will provide expertise on local and regional issues, deficiencies in the statewide bicycle and pedestrian network, and assessment of improvement and enhancement alternatives.
View the Steering Committee Members.
How can I learn more about the current Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Map?
Read the downloadable version of the 2009 Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, available on CTDOT’s website. In addition, you can contact Anna Bergeron, Transportation Planner II, Office of Intermodal Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation, with any questions on the existing materials via email at Anna.Bergeron@ct.gov or by phone at 860-594-2140.
Will hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian interests be included in the Plan Update?
The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Map development is funded with federal transportation dollars. Therefore, the planning effort is transportation-focused rather than recreation-focused. The primary purpose of the Plan is to promote and encourage bicycle and pedestrian activity as a means of transportation. Typically, transportation routes are considered linear in nature and used as a means to get from here-to-there. The study is less focused on recreational hiking, mountain biking, and/or equestrian trails, such as ones in many of the state’s parks and forests that one would drive to before using. Information on the state’s multi-use trails can be found in the DEP Bulletin 33, “Pathways through Connecticut.”
However, there is overlap in transportation-related bicycle/pedestrian activity and recreation-related bicycle/pedestrian activity. There are facilities that are used for both uses. Improvements can be made, and facilities designated, that serve both purposes. Therefore, comments from all non-motorized users are welcome and beneficial to the final product.