Creating a RoadMap for Producing & Implementing a Bicycle Master Plan

Source: Active Living Resource Center

Bicycle master plans vary greatly from community to community, influenced by factors such as the availability of resources, the mission and ambition of the plan, and the size of the community being served. BMPs will also differ based on who is charged with developing and implementing the plan. Some communities will use consultants, some will use only internal staff, and many will use volunteers for at least some of the work. Some communities will opt for a policy based plan; others will choose project- or program-based plans.

This document will serve as a starting point for discussion and as a guide to process. Readers are encouraged to change, add, or ignore steps as necessary to meet local needs. Many of the suggested steps can be done simultaneously, while others may require a more linear process.

Many of the basic principles of developing and implementing a bicycle master plan will be applicable to all plans. This is especially true of the initial steps during which you'll create the ownership and buy-in critical to the successful implementation of your plan.

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