City Council Approves El Paso's Comprehensive Bike Plan
On August 9, 2016, El Paso City Council approved the City of El Paso’s Comprehensive Bike Plan, which provides a roadmap for the city to create a comprehensive network of bike infrastructure over the next decade.
The Bike Plan will also serve as a guide in identifying which routes are best for bicycling in order to create an interconnected network of bicycle lanes. The plan will also serve as a guide during the planning and construction of new bike facilities including bicycle boulevards, protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, and two way cycle tracks. According to an inventory of existing bike infrastructure, the City of El Paso has approximately 140 miles of bike facilities. The plan recommends between 900 and 1,100 miles of bike infrastructure which can be built over time.
“This plan will allow the city to develop infrastructure which accommodates all users including motorists, pedestrians, mass transit users and bicyclists,” said Fred Lopez, Assistant Director of the City of El Paso’s Capital Improvement Department. “The plan is an important component of improving El Paso’s quality of life by encouraging regional cooperation and recommends key changes to planning processes and land use policies to ensure bicycle infrastructure is more thoughtfully integrated into existing roadways, off-street paths, and new development.
Learn how the complete Comprehensive Bike Plan, maps of the proposed bicycle routes, and learn how its proposal will make an impact in different areas of El Paso.
- View the complete Bike Plan
- View the maps for the interconnected bicycle network
- View the final community meeting Bike Plan presentation
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.