1. What is the purpose of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan?
The ultimate goal of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is to understand the existing system and facilities and identify improvements that would improve travel options and make Arapahoe County more bike-friendly and walkable. Based on input from the public and system analysis, improvements will be identified and prioritized with a phasing and implementation plan. Additionally, potential funding sources will be identified.
2. What is the project timeline?
The project kicked off in May 2016 with an estimated completion date of fall 2017. The final plan will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for potential adoption.
3. Will the public be informed throughout the process?
Throughout the planning process, Arapahoe County will work to inform the public about the project and opportunities to provide input in the following ways:
- News releases to local media outlets
- Distribution of information through partner agencies (chambers of commerce, local governments, etc.)
- Project website
- Email blasts to contact list
- Social media
4. What opportunities will I have to provide input?
There will be three phases of public involvement throughout the planning process:
- Phase 1 (June – September 2016) will focus on gathering information about your vision for the bike and pedestrian network in Arapahoe County and gaining a better understanding of community values and desires.
- Phase 2 (October 2016 – January 2017) will offer opportunities for you to provide specific input on problem areas and missing connections and share your ideas about where improved facilities should go.
- Phase 3 (February – August 2017) will allow for your input on a draft network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and priorities for implementation.
The team has participated in a number of events throughout the year to gather public input about bicycling and walking in Arapahoe County. The team also used an interactive public commenting map for the public to identify things they love about the bicycle and pedestrian network and things that need improvement. Public meetings were also held to gather input. The first public meeting was held June 21st as a Telephone Town Hall. A more traditional public meeting was held in December 2016 to gather input on problem areas and opportunities. A final public meeting was held in April 2017 where the public was able to review the draft network and help prioritize improvements for the final plan.
Throughout the planning process, the project team has hosted and participated in a number of events to gather input:
- Online Survey
- Public Commenting Map
- Telephone Town Hall (June 2016)
- Bike to Work Day (June 2016)
- Public Meetings (Dec. 2016 & April 2017)
A second round of public meetings was held the first week of April 2017. The first meeting was on April 4, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Carson Nature Center (3000 W. Carson Drive) in Littleton, and the second on April 6, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (25690 E. Quincy Avenue) in Aurora.
5. How will my input be incorporated in the process?
All of the input and ideas from the public will be reviewed and analyzed in conjunction with the system assessment to identify improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian networks. Your input will also be used to help prioritize projects for future implementation.
6. How will the recommendations and improvements identified in the plan be paid for?
This planning process will identify the overarching vision and goals for the development of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian network in Arapahoe County. While a phasing and implementation plan will be a part of the final document, the County will need to seek funding and partner with local municipalities, non-profits, and the potentially the private sector to implement the identified recommendations.
7. What if I have a specific concern about a facility in my Town/City?
While the development of this plan includes all of Arapahoe County (incorporated and unincorporated), specific issues and concerns about existing facilities may need to be directed to your city/town of residence. Please contact Arapahoe County Open Spaces Planner Ray Winn (contact information below) and he can direct your questions to the most appropriate entity.
Other Questions? Please contact:
Arapahoe County Open Spaces
Arapahoe County Public Works and Development