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Proposed 2021 Bicycle-Pedestrian Plan Update

For more information contact Mac Callison, City of Aurora Transportation Supervisor, 303.739.7256 or mcalliso@auroragov.org.

Need for Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update 

The city of Aurora last completed a city-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2012. The plan has been effective at guiding active transportation improvements and the efficient allocation of city investments; however, the advanced age of the current plan has led to diminished utility.

Bicycle and pedestrian planning and design best practices, as well as evolutions in mobility, have advanced significantly since Aurora’s last plan update nine years ago. Since then, the city’s active transportation network has dramatically changed, as well as best practices for serving people who walk or bike; and an update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is needed. 

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Figure 1: Aurora's current and planned bicycle network, based off of the 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan 

Bicycle and pedestrian planning has evolved substantially since 2012. The last plan update was completed before innovative ideas such as “Complete Streets," public-private partnerships, shared mobility services (shared e-scooters and e-bikes), and an increased awareness as biking as transportation (rather than purely recreation) had taken off.

More recent developments in bicycle facilities design has recognized the importance that people place on not only spatial separation between bicyclists and cars such as provided by traditional bike lanes, but also vertical and physical separation and protection against the two modes conflicting, such as provided by the new separated bike lanes recently installed on limited segments on Florida Avenue in Aurora.

An update Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan would incorporate these new perspectives and a build a more substantive and effective plan that would allow these latest designs to be installed at more locations throughout the city.

The process to update Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan would would take up to two years, and place a high value on obtaining input from those vulnerable communities (low-income essential works, recent immigrants, and those with only limited access to a car) that have an outsized reliance on using bicycles as a primary means of transportation, but may not have regularly participated in these types of efforts in the past.

This would be done using innovative online engagement strategies not available in the past, such as targeted social media posts, and Aurora’s new “Engage Aurora” public participation web platform that allows a variety of ways for people to provide targeted and location-specific input. These innovative digital strategies would be paired with reaching out to Aurora’s extensive network of immigrant community organizations to engage those groups not comfortable with either digital outreach nor attending traditional public meetings hosted by local government agencies. 

The successfully updated plan would increase resiliency for Aurora’s residents, promote connections across city boundaries, and support the building of walkable and bikeable communities that have become increasingly important in attracting new residents and employers. 

Figure 2: Aurora's new separated bike lanes are a facility type that wasn't developed at the time of the 2012 bicycle and pedestrian plan. They provide a level of separation and protection that makes bicyclists feel comfortable and safe. 
 
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