Active Transportation Planning

PlanBTV Walk/Bike | Burlington, VT

Type: Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Size: Citywide (42,000 population, 15.5 sq. miles)

Status: In Progress

Plan BTV Walk Bike is a citywide planning effort to enhance safety and increase active mobility in Burlington, VT. The project will culminate with the creation of the City’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan, as well as scoping of priority projects for implementation. With these two components, Plan BTV Walk Bike will capture the community’s vision and goals for walking and biking in Burlington, outline our strategies for achieving our vision, and present specific projects for rapid implementation.

At the start of the project, Street Plans launched numerous online platform to raise awareness of and gain early input on the plan. Platforms included dedicated social media feeds as well as a project website, which includes an interactive map that allows visitors to share geo-located comments on a map of the city.

For the project kick-off, Street Plans hosted a series of interactive events, starting with 6 Handlebar and Walkabout Surveys around three key areas of the city. The Handlebar and Walkabout Surveys allowed the project team to work with members of the public to discuss and document existing conditions on bike and on foot through miles of Burlington streets and paths. The surveys were paired with breakfast and happy hour social events. Following the tours, Street Plans transformed a vacant downtown storefront into a public meeting space. The public meeting incorporated issue-mapping and crowd-sourcing activities to generate top priorities for improving walking and biking conditions.

As part of the second round of public outreach for PlanBTV Walk/Bike in September 2015, Street Plans worked with Local Motion and the Department of Public Works to create two Tactical Urbanism “demonstration projects” to illustrate possibilities for better bike and pedestrian infrastructure using temporary and low-cost materials. For maximum impact, these demonstration projects occurred in partnership with the Art Hop and Open Streets BTV Events already taking place throughout the course of the Sept. 11-13 weekend.

The project team is currently working on early network designs, based on feedback from the kick-off events. The next phase of in-person public engagement events will take place in December 2015.


Bike Miami Beach Master Plan & Street Design Guide | Miami Beach, FL

Type: Bicycle Plan and Design Guide

Size: Citywide (91,000 population, 18.7 sq. miles)

Status: In Progress

The City of Miami Beach contracted with Street Plans to re-imagine its street network in favor of bicycle and pedestrian movement. Dubbed Bike Miami Beach, the multi-phase effort envisions a holistic and comprehensive redesign of the Miami Beach street network to re-balance transportation priorities and take into account the concerns of pedestrians, cyclists, tree canopy advocates, and neighborhood associations alike. The project builds on previous mobility, bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety studies to inform the best methods for integrating active transportation modes into the network.

The project started in June 2012 with two kickoff summits, where community residents were introduced to the planning team, and heard a lecture on the latest best practices in transportation planning from Street Plans. In addition to the Summits, Street Plans designed and built a project website that further augmented the public participation process.

Following the initial meetings, the project team documented existing conditions, leveraging Street Plans’ innovative handlebar survey process, and meeting with community residents.

The project website served an important role in the public involvement program for this project. Rather than a static website with basic project information, Street Plans included interactive web-based map applications to get real time data from residents, as well as a full best practice guide to bicycle/pedestrian planning. This interactive website supported in-person public involvement efforts, including numerous community workshops.

Street Plans is in the final phase of the project, focusing on the Street Design Guide and final recomendations for the Bicycle Master Plan. A centerpiece of the plan is the establishment of city-wide modeshare goals, the first project to propose such goals in Miami-Dade County. These goals seek to double the number of bicyclists travleing in and around Miami Beach over the next decade. The plan includes detailed section and plan-view drawings to illustrate project recommendations. Among the main mandates of this plan are the expansion of projected bike lanes all around the city. In addition, the Street Design Guide makes recommendations for policies and programs, establishes requirements for bicycle and pedestrian priority zones, and provides detailed guidance on implementation. The Street Design guide, a page of which is shown above, will support the implementation section of the final plan with detailed instructions for typical conditions around the city. The guide includes a Street Atlas that identifies every street in the city with the intention of providing a comprehensive view of where Miami Beach is now, and where it wants to go in the future.

The section drawing below illustrates one innovative recommendation for a shared use roadway space on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.


pinecrestVillage of Pinecrest U.S. 1 Mobility Plan | Pinecrest, FL

Type: Multi-modal mobility plan

Size: Villagewide (19,000 population, 7.6 sq. miles)

Status: In Progress


Street Plans is working with the Village of Pinecrest to develop a multi-modal mobility plan for the U.S. 1 Corridor. This project will take into account the needs of drivers, but will specifically focus on increasing safety and mobility for cyclists and pedestrians in the study area.

Street Plans has conducted a thorough existing conditions analysis, documenting transit networks and crash-data, as well as user-level information collected through our Handlebar Survey and Walkability Audits.

The final U.S. 1 Corridor Mobility Plan will provide Pinecrest leaders, decision-makers, transportation officials, and community members with a clear, concise, and attractive master plan report summarizing all recommendations and analysis. The Plan will include:

  • Short- and long-term, site specific pedestrian safety improvements
  • Project recommendations to improve connections in support of the existing Village Bicycling Plan and area bicycle trails
  • Design standards for new bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • A detailed Implementation Plan

This planning effort requires an excellent understanding of design and engineering practices in the latest multimodal transportation practices, in addition to understanding the circumstances unique to Pinecrest. For example, our team is exploring small improvements to sidewalks and commercial alleyways, in order to increase connectivity between the U.S. 1 commerical corridor and adjacent residental neighborhoods.

Street Plans’ approach to this project has been informed by our analysis of Pinecrest’s land use and transportation context, to ensure appropriate calibration of low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections within the village.

FreeportCoverActive Living Plan | Freeport, ME

Type: Active Living Plan

Size: 46 sq. miles

Status: Accepted by the Freeport Town Council

The Freeport Town Council undertook the Active Living Plan as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for Freeport’s residents. Street Plans was retained to work with the Active Living Task Force appointed by the Council to develop the plan.

The plan established a roadmap for effectively integrating physical activity into Freeport’s social and physical fabric, allowing both residents and visitors to easily build physical activity into their daily routines.As part of the Active Living Plan process, Street Plans conducted an analysis of existing conditions (which included a Handlebar Survey of bike infrastructure in the town) and hosted two public forums which attracted more than 100 total participants. Street Plans also worked with the Active Living Plan Task Force to conduct a survey about active living, which was completed by over 700 people.

The Active Living Plan recommendations were organized around six areas of focus: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Equity, and Evaluation. The plan included many town-wide recommendations, but also focused in on eight “activity centers” which emerged from the planning process. The activity centers included Downtown Freeport, the South Freeport Village neighborhood, and many local recreational facilities for sports or trail-based activities. In these focus areas, the plan outlined strategies to connect and enhance Freeport’s current active living assets. In total, the plan presented 88 projects to improve active living opportunities in Freeport in the short and long-term.

After reviewing a draft document, the Town Council formally accepted the Active Living Plan on July 15, 2014. Later that month, the Town Planning Board determined that the plan was consistent with the Freeport’s Comprehensive Plan as well. Implementation of several short-term projects identified in the Plan are already underway.

PACTS-2_IMG_1320Portland Area North Bicycle & Pedestrian Implementation Plan | Maine

Active Living Plan

Size: 46 sq. miles

Status: Accepted by the Freeport Town Council


The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Portland, Maine region. PACTS hired Street Plans to develop the Portland Area North Bicycle and Pedestrian Implementation Plan as the result of an ongoing regional conversation about advancing bicycle and pedestrian planning, policy, and programs. The plan represented a response to a growing need for dialogue amongst five communities in the region — Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, and Freeport — referred to as the North of Portland area.

The Implementation Plan was created to build consensus, facilitate increased regional collaboration, and to prioritize “Complete Streets” projects that position bicycling and walking as viable forms of local and regional transportation. The Implementation Plan also aimed to help the five municipalities obtain implementation funding from local, regional, statewide, and even federal sources by establishing a framework for project prioritization and regional cooperation. The final plan document outlined short- and long-term recommendations that include both policy and infrastructure suggestions. Street Plans developed a scoring method to help prioritize the recommendations across all categories.

As part of the planning process, Street Plans hosted three workshops to engage the public around improved connectivity for people biking and walking in the north of Portland area. Public input was also obtained through a sub-regional survey distributed online and in print. The planning process also included a Handlebar and Walkabout Survey, in which Street Plan led a team of planners and citizen advocates in documenting existing conditions for biking and walking in the region.



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