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Long-Range Transportation PlanPolicies and Implementation: Bicycle and Pedestrian

 

The bicycle and pedestrian program includes an effective balance of engineering, education, enforcement and encouragement. MoDOT adopted the General Pedestrian and Bicycle Guide in 1999 to define how bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are to be included in state projects. The policy addresses safety, education, intermodal connectivity, environmental impacts and interagency coordination.

The bicycle and pedestrian program presently does not receive state funds, although MoDOT's policy states the department will include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on state highways when and where appropriate. If accommodations are appropriate, they will be added as part of the highway and bridge construction budget for the projects. MoDOT will target half (more the $7 million in fiscal year 2000) of its federal enhancement funds to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Needs for bicycle accommodations can be classified according to type of rider, the type of facility and the type of trip. Needs also include education, enforcement, technical assistance and policy adoption at the national, state, and local levels.

Pedestrian needs differ from bicyclist needs. Pedestrians need sidewalks, crosswalks at appropriate locations and curb ramps. Bicyclists and pedestrians need convenient, safe access to other modes of transportation.

MoDOT will implement the following policies to guide its investments in bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

  • MoDOT will incorporate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in state transportation improvement projects when deemed appropriate and will consider providing for pedestrian and/or bicycle accommodations during preliminary studies, design and construction.
  • Improvements that provide the ability to cross major roadways and provide a link for neighborhoods, schools, recreational facilities, medical facilities, employment centers and shopping areas will receive particular attention.
  • MoDOT will develop or support the following items.

    -- Identification and analysis of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the state transportation system.
    -- Education on use, safety and benefits.
    -- Recommendations on corridors and routes that comprise a state facility network.
    -- Technical advice and input.
  • Establish standards for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and work to integrate the USDOT policy for bicycle and pedestrian facilities into MoDOT policy.
 
 
 

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