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Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
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Active Transportation refers to any human powered mode of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, etc. It plays a key role in transportation planning and can have a major effect on a community’s quality of life. It can affect not only the public health, but also the economy, environment and overall livability of a community. Lowered transportation costs, reduced air pollution/greenhouse gas emission as well as the increase in transportation options are all benefits of having a strong Active Transportation network.
The Memphis MPO’s role in the region includes planning for and promoting active transportation modes. The MPO works closely with local jurisdictions, transportation providers, and partner agencies to address the need of active transportation infrastructure throughout the region.
The Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) provides guidance and strategy on the planning and implementation of transportation projects as related to bicycle and pedestrian travel, transit and public transportation, accessibility, safety, and community outreach.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is intended to identify the opportunities for enhancing bicycle and pedestrian travel within the Memphis MPO region. The Bike Ped Plan also serves as the bicycle and pedestrian component of the MPO’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
The Memphis MPO is currently working on an update, the Walk & Roll: Memphis Region Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
TA provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects.