El Paso Bike Plan
City of El Paso's Comprehensive Bike Plan
The City of El Paso is creating a comprehensive bike plan which will determine how bike lanes, bike share, and other bike amenities all fit together with existing transportation infrastructure to enhance connectivity throughout our city.
El Paso’s bike plan will serve as a guide to determining which streets are best for bicycling and how to make those streets safer for cycling. The bike plan will also update elements from the city’s nationally-recognized comprehensive plan, Plan El Paso.
Now that all community meetings have been held, and the public has voiced their opinion, the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department will give El Pasoans their first look at the city’s proposed Comprehensive Bike Plan at an open house from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the Main Branch of the El Paso Public Library, 501 N. Oregon Street.
“We have received valuable, diverse, and interesting input from El Pasoans over the last several months during our community meetings, informational booths set up at events, and through the City of El Paso’s website,” said Paul Wojciechowski of Alta Planning + Design. “Now, we invite El Pasoans to join us as we unveil a proposal which integrates their ideas with best practices in an effort to make El Paso more bicycle-friendly for users from eight to 80 years old.”
The comprehensive bike plan will determine how bike lanes, bike share and other bike amenities all fit together with existing transportation infrastructure to enhance connectivity throughout our city. El Paso’s bike plan will serve as a guide to determining which streets are best for bicycling and how to make those streets safer for cycling.
“The Bike Plan will serve as a map to take El Paso toward the destination of safely accommodating cyclists of all skill levels,” said Jim Fisk the city’s Transportation Planning Administrator. “This is not a one-size-fits all approach; we have listened carefully and we are proud to showcase a proposal which makes thoughtful recommendations which can have a profound impact.”
Next, the bike plan will be presented to the City of El Paso’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, City Plan Commission and City Council for approval. Funding for recommended improvements will be identified at a later date.
What is a Bike Plan?
A bike plan is a document that guides city staff and elected officials in deciding what streets are best for bicycling, how to make those streets safer for cycling and what other changes can be made to support modifications to streets. These other changes include programs that educate and inform the public about safe bicycling and driving.
El Paso’s bike plan project will start with collecting information. The city’s consultant firm is already collecting data from the city about El Paso's roadways and the next step involves hearing from the public about what their experiences are on El Paso's streets and what they would like to see change. Once they have completed several different types of outreach by talking to stakeholders and holding public meetings, they will develop recommendations. After that, they will take recommendations back to the public and stakeholders for review. Finally, they will incorporate any changes into the final document that will be presented to El Paso City Council.
While the City of El Paso is building its bikeway, other agencies are also undertaking bicycle planning efforts. The MPO is updating their Multi-Modal Plan looking to identify gaps in the existing transportation network for bicycles, pedestrians and transit. The Texas Department of Transportation is also undergoing a planning effort to prioritize and prepare conceptual designs and costs for state-owned roadways in El Paso. The City of El Paso Bike Planning process includes close coordination with these two planning efforts. The City’s Bike Plan will focus on city streets, but will also carefully consider connections to regional bikeways and linkages and crossings of state roadways.