Arkansas Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update

Several area residents and stakeholders including Bicycle Shop owners, runners and bike & ped enthusiasts represented the Fort Smith region by attending the Public Open House and Workshop held at the Riverfront Pavilion on May 19. Toole Design Group, Crafton Tull and AHTD coordinated efforts with the Frontier MPO to bring pubic awareness and get feedback from the Fort Smith region regarding the Plan Update.

The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will address state policies related to bicycling and walking, as well as the development of roads, trails, sidewalks and other infrastructure that serve pedestrians and bicyclists. Plan activities include data gathering, outreach to the public and regional and local governments, development of a preliminary bicycling network, training for transportation engineering staff, and development of road design guidance.

Why A Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan?

Bicycle and pedestrian safety is a key component of the State's overall transportation safety goals which are focused on a path toward zero deaths. In the U.S., the state of the practice for providing for bicycle and pedestr4ian travel has evolved considerably since 1998, when the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the State of Arkansas was developed. A comprehensive planning process will allow AHTD to incorporate updated policies and best practices into its ongoing road construction and maintenance programs and supporting role for public transit services.

Increasing numbers of Arkansans have embraced bicycling and walking for transportation as well as recreational and health purposes. Trials and greenways throughout the State have become extremely popular destinations for people of all ages and abilities. Recreational cyclists from within and outside of the state are traveling to Arkansas to enjoy the healthy outdoors, scenic beauty, southern hospitality, and often low traffic environments. Developing strategies to maintain and expand safe places to bicycle and walk, safe place for those who are physically challenged, and safe routes to schools, parks, shopping and jobs, will be an important component of the Plan.

Guiding the Plan

Governor's Bicycle Advisory Group (GBAG) - Includes Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, State Parks and Tourism Department, State Policy, Commission on the Law Enforcement Standards and Training, and the Department of Health. The Arkansas Bicycle Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - Includes GBAG representatives as well as representatives from regional and local governments and civic organizations concerned about bicycling, walking and public safety.

To fill out a survey, give input on an interactive map, and see plan products--visit the project website:

www.arkansasbikepedplan.com

For additional information, please contact Dianne Morrison, MPO Director at (479) 785-2651.

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The FY2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Frontier MPO Policy Board approved the FY2015 UPWP on Monday, May 19, 2014. Once approved by the Arkansas and Oklahoma Federal Highway departments the final document with signed resolution will be uploaded under Document Downloads on this website.