Tell us what you think about ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian plan
Survey launches today to gather comments as plan is updated
PHOENIX – Whether driving, biking or even walking, our state highway system is used every day as a means of transportation. As Arizona continues to sharpen its focus on multimodal options, the Arizona Department of Transportation is constantly planning for better transportation solutions, including updating our Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
A lot has changed since the plan was first established in 2003. As ADOT works to make improvements statewide, the agency is focusing on three main goals: increase bicycle and pedestrian trips, improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
ADOT wants to hear from people all across Arizona about what’s important to them when it comes to getting around by bike or by foot along our state highway system. Starting today, community members can tell us what they think by taking part in a survey that will provide feedback on draft goals and objectives for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and identify action items to achieve them.
“What better way to kick off National Bike Month than with a survey that allows people—both bicyclists and pedestrians—to provide us with their input,” said Michael Sanders, ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “It’s this kind of feedback that allows us to refine the goals and objectives of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and work to develop changes in safety, infrastructure and education.”
ADOT’s online survey will be active until the end of the month and can be found here: www.azdot.gov/BikePedSurvey/. For those who don’t have access to a computer and would like to request a mailed copy of the survey, you can call (602) 712-8141 or send your request to ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 206 S. 17th Avenue, Mail Drop 310B, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
ADOT, in a collaborative effort with Arizona’s metropolitan planning organizations and councils of governments, along with members of the bicycling and walking communities, has formed a steering committee to update the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that identifies and prioritizes potential improvements to bicycle and pedestrian facilities on ADOT right-of-way.
“Arizona is often recognized as one of the top bicycle-friendly states in the country,” said Sanders. “Our state is also a great place for walking. The best way to continue improving is to learn from those who use or cross our highways on foot or by bicycle.”
For more information about the ongoing study to update ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and to sign up for study updates, go to www.azbikeped.org/studyupdate/index.asp.