Guide to the Planning Process
- Review Past Planning Efforts: Planning team will research and summarize past planning efforts aimed at improving the City's bikeway and trail network
- Assess Existing Bicycling and Trail Conditions: Billings has made progress since the adoption of the 2011 Plan. The project team will assess new bikeway and trail facilities that have been implemented
- Designate Infrastructure Recommendations: The team will review the 2011 plan recommendations, and after assessing current traffic patterns, crash patterns, and count data, create refined bikeway and trail recommendations in the city that will connect residents to employment areas, transit stations, schools, parks and key destinations. The recommendations for the bikeway and trail network will be based upon extensive public input as well, including an online map platform, survey, and multiple meetings. Infrastructure recommendations will be grouped into lineal facilities and spot improvements. Some potential treatment types such as separated bikeways and types of intersection crossing technologies were not yet in wide use when the previous plan was conducted. This plan will bring project recommendations in line with contemporary practice.
- Program Recommendations: Equally important as providing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure (engineering) is ensuring that users are familiar with the treatments and know how to use them. Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation programs that build off existing programs will be identified to create a culture in Billings that supports active transportation.
- Policy and Code Recommendations: Policy recommendations will also be identified to guide the City's practices regarding the implementation of active transportation, and also to guide the development of the built environment in a manner that makes walking and bicycling appealing options for travel.
- Public Participation: The project team will lead an interactive public involvement process that will provide many opportunities for the community to participate and influence the outcome of the project. Draft materials will be posted on the website as they are produced.
- Final Report: A final Bikeway + Trails Master Plan Update for the City of Billings will be produced that summarizes existing conditions, includes an updated city-wide bikeway and trail network, identifies implementation priorities, and names funding opportunities - complete with supporting narratives, maps and graphics.