Levels of Pedestrian Planning

The rising awareness of pedestrian and bicycle issues in transportation planning has brought with it a new era of planning for these modes. Planning strategies range from a small scale (such as a study to improve pedestrian access to a neighborhood bus stop or site design guidelines to support pedestrian travel) to a large scale (such as a regional or statewide master plan for walking and bicycling). Planning in conjunction with design and engineering helps to ensure that appropriate facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists are provided throughout the built environment.

While there are some common activities (such as public participation) and common elements (such as descriptions of current conditions) that nearly all pedestrian planning projects should include, these types of plans may vary greatly depending upon particular conditions and situations. An effective, interconnected system of pedestrian and bicycle facilities requires planning at a variety of levels. This section describes different levels of scale for pedestrian plans and includes links to sample plans. The sample plans include a description of the plan and contact information.

Additionally, there are many good sources of information about planning bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities listed in the Planning Resources section of the web site.