The Tallahassee-Leon County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) is underway!!
This Plan is being completed to make walking and bicycling more convenient and safer for citizens and visitors. Originally developed in 2004, the Plan needs updating since the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have implemented bike and pedestrians facilities including shared-use paths and bike lanes. Additionally, the CRTPA and Blueprint have projects and plans for expanding these systems in the region and Tallahassee/Leon County, respectively.
The Goal of the BPMP is to make traveling as a bicyclist or pedestrian safer and easier within Tallahassee and Leon County. Additionally, the Plan is to provide connectivity to other transportation systems, reduce vehicle conflicts, promote a healthier mode choice, and provide equity for transportation disadvantaged populations.
The major difference between the 2004 BPMP and the current project is the focus on local area trips to get from neighborhoods to activity centers, restaurants, and local events near those neighborhoods. With localized trips as a focus, the approach is to develop recommendations based on:
- Bicycle Comfort Level
- Urban Bikeway Network
- Public Input
- Evaluation Criteria
Bicycle Comfort Level
The Bicycle Comfort Level is a data driven analysis of the roadway network utilizing traffic volumes, number of lanes, speed, and existing bike facilities. The results of this analysis relates to a “Type of Cyclist“ that would use the road based on its comfort level. This analysis also utilizes the grade of the road to determine a potential best route.
Type of Cyclist
Type of Cyclist 1 – Elderly and Children
This type of cyclist requires a facility completely separated from the road such as a Shard-Use Path.
Type of Cyclist 2 – Interested But Concerned
Cyclists who would like to ride their bike but have fears which are usually caused by vehicles. This type of cyclist needs low speeds, low volumes, and a separated facility such as a buffered bike lane.
Type of Cyclist 3- Enthused and Confident
Cyclists who feel comfortable riding along a corridor next to vehicles at lower speeds and with facilities such as a bike lane or signage.
Type of Cyclist 4 – Strong and Fearless
Cyclists who will ride along a corridor regardless of the conditions. These users have no problem sharing the lane with a vehicle traveling at speeds greater than 40 mph.
The application of the data for the Bicycle Comfort Level will produce a map like this, to indicate where each type of the above type of cyclist is apt to ride.
Urban Bike Network
This network consists of residential streets with low traffic volumes and low speeds so the priority mode can be given to bicycles and pedestrians. These streets make ideal connections between more defined on-street facilities and multi-use paths and may include:
- Uniform signage
- Traffic calming
- On-street markings
- Branding Opportunities
To date, the community outreach has included:
- Joint City/County Bicycling Workgroup
- Meetings with avid cyclists around the community
- City and County Staff
- FDEP Office of Greenways and Trails
Focus Area Workshops
- Market Square and Northeast Neighborhoods
- FAMU, Southwest Area Neighborhoods
- TCC, FSU, and Downtown Tallahassee
- Midtown and Central Area Neighborhoods
- Apalachee Parkway Neighborhoods
Community Open House – April 2019
The evaluation criteria is used to assess each project against how well it meets the standards set forth. Those projects that meet or exceed the evaluation criteria are viewed as excellent projects to move forward with. The criteria used for this effort includes:
- Safety – Focus on infrastructure improvements in known crash areas
- Comfort – Reduce motorist conflict and promote shaded, easy to ride routes
- Connectivity – Connect users with destinations in and around the City
- Health – Promote healthier lifestyles through improved facilities and increased use
- Multimodal – Develop usable routes for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders while not limiting motorists
- Equity – Improve transportation options for disadvantaged populations and in underserved areas
- Within Multimodal Transportation District (MMTD) – Prioritize the development of pedestrian, cyclist, and transit facilities within the MMTD
Since the end of 2018, after all of the Focus Area meetings were held, the Project Team has been working on several tasks for the Tallahassee-Lean County Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP). Using the information gathered at the focus meetings (with the direction of the project to develop a system of bike routes that targets the “Interested but Concerned” bike user) a series of maps were developed and refined to make connections to activity centers and parks throughout Tallahassee and Leon County. These are known as the Focus Area Maps and can be found using the following links:
The Focus Area Maps contain a lot of information, including:
Bike Routes – Each route on the map has a different color to show the linkages for connecting to the activity centers or parks. These routes will include signage and pavement markings. The Project Team is working with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department to ensure that these routes have consistent signage and pavement markings.
Major Projects – These are projects that will require a higher level of planning before they can be implemented. Projects such as Jackson Bluff Road, Thomasville Road, Meridian Road or Blair Stone Road will require more than signage and pavement markings to attain the “Interested but Concerned” Bicycle Comfort Level user.
Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency “Blueprint” Projects – The projects have been identified as components of the Leon County Local Option Sales Tax program known as Blueprint.
Leon County Bicycle Route Network – In recent years a series of bike routes was developed to create a network of navigable routes for users. Many of these routes are for the “Enthused and Confident” or “Strong and Fearless” types of bike riders. The components of this system that have the potential to be included in the BPMP efforts are included on the map.
In 2019, the efforts to complete this project include:
- Draft and Final Plan Report
Other Project Connections
You can also keep up with the project on Facebook at: TLC Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan