Bicycle Action Plan

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Bicycle Action Plan

The City Commission requested a draft Bicycle Action Plan that provides recommendations on:

  • Policies
  • Programs
  • Connected, high-quality bicycling facilities

 

The goal is to create a community where bicycling is:

  • safe for transportation and recreation
  • comfortable and integral to daily life
  • accessible for all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic levels

Why We Need a Plan

Recommendations for a Bicycle Action Plan appear in many City strategic plans.

  • Green Grand Rapids Plan
  • Sustainability Plan
  • GR Forward Plan
  • Vital Streets Plan
  • Strategic Parks Plan

The ideas and recommendations are not compiled into one plan with clear action steps.

What’s in the draft Bicycle Action Plan

The draft Plan has information on the City’s current bicycling conditions, programs, policies and culture. It also includes the five “Es” often used to structure bicycle plans.

  • Engineering – Creating safe, convenient, connected places to ride and park
  • Education – Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride
  • Encouragement – Supporting bicycling through effective and equitable policies, programs, and partnerships
  • Enforcement – Ensuring safe streets for all users
  • Evaluation and planning – Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option


Recommendations

Additionally, the draft Plan includes recommendations in the following areas:

  • Modifications to some corridors identified in the Vital Streets Plan
  • New bicycling facilities and changes or upgrades to existing facilities
  • Policy changes and enhancements
  • Programs and support services and facilities
  • Operations and maintenance

Plans and Public Input

We're using your input and the input from 15 years of community engagement in City projects. We'll use and build upon recommendations from the following plans:


Provide Public Comment

We want your input! You can provide your comments on the draft Bicycle Action Plan in writing or in person.

Please email mobilegr@grcity.us or call 311 to confirm upcoming meeting dates.


Timeline

June 30, 2018 through September 9, 2018

Draft Bicycle Action Plan document open for public review and comment

July 10, 2018

City Commission action to set Public Hearing to receive comments on the draft Bicycle Action Plan

July 12, 2018

Mobile GR Commission briefing (no action)

July 12, 2018

City Planning Commission briefing (no action)

July 23, 2018

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. Goal 3 (Mobility) Alliance briefing (no action)

August 14, 2018

City Commission Public Hearing to receive public comments on the draft Bicycle Action Plan

August 20, 2018

Initial briefing of the Vital Streets Oversight Commission (no action)

September 6, 2018

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Grand Region Nonmotorized Committee briefing (no action)

September 17, 2018

Vital Streets Oversight Commission review/discussion of proposed changes to Vital Streets Plan corridor mode emphases (no action)

October 15, 2018

Vital Streets Oversight Commission review/discussion of proposed changes to Vital Streets Plan corridor mode emphases (no action)

November 19, 2018

Vital Streets Oversight Commission recommended approval of proposed changes to Vital Streets Plan corridor mode emphases in the draft Bicycle Action Plan

November 2018 - February 2019

Staff reviewing public and stakeholder input and incorporating changes to the draft Bicycle Action Plan in response to public input

MAY 2, 2019

Mobile GR Commission briefing on revised draft Bicycle Action (no action)

MAY 14 or MAY 21, 2019 (target date)

City Commission proposed action on revised draft Bicycle Action Plan

There are about 150 miles of bicycle lanes, signed bike routes, separated bikeways and trails in the City. We've heard from you that bicycling on busy streets and without designated bikeways is uncomfortable. That's why one focus area of this plan is recommending almost 150 miles of lower-stress bikeways. Building this type of network supports people of most skill and comfort levels.


Bicycle Boulevards/Signed Bike Routes

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These are on lower traffic, shared streets, off and away from the street. They are often marked with signs and pavement markings. Major intersections are improved to serve as priority bicycle routes. Garfield Avenue between Bridge and Richmond is a signed Bike Route.


Striped Bicycle Lanes

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You'll find these located in the street designated by striping and signage. They are either next to the curb or to the left of on-street parallel parking lanes. There are over 70 miles of bicycle lanes in the City. They include Burton Street from Madison to Breton, Covell Avenue from Richmond to O’Brien, and Monroe Avenue from Michigan to Guild.


Buffered Bicycle Lanes

These are in similar locations to striped bicycle lanes. They have a painted buffer space between the bicycle and travel lanes. You can find them on Alger Street between Plymouth and Kalamazoo.


Raised Bicycle Lanes

You'll find these in similar locations to striped bicycle lanes. They are raised up from the street to provide some separation from the travel lanes next to them. The City of Grand Rapids doesn’t yet have any raised bicycle lanes.


Separated Bikeways

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You'll see these lanes in the street. They are separated from vehicle traffic with some kind of barrier. These barriers could be flexible posts, raised curbs, landscaped islands, or even parallel-parked cars. Examples of these are Monroe Avenue between Guild and North Park, North Division Avenue between Crescent and Coldbrook, and Century Avenue between Sheridan and Pleasant.


Off-Street Trails (or bike paths)

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You'll find these located off and away from the street. These are often along waterways and former railroad corridors. Examples of these include the Plaster Creek Trail, Oxford Trails between Godfrey and Wealthy, and the southern part of the White Pine Trail in Riverside Park.

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