Active Transportation Plan

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Project Background 

This Active Transportation Plan is intended to build from and support existing plans and initiatives, including the comprehensive Road Safety Action Plan, comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Transit Oriented Development Policy Plan, among others. 

The Active Transportation Plan will build off successes from those initiatives and identify specific barriers around walking, biking and rolling in Phoenix. The plan will include design guides supported by national best practice research, and what is already being implemented on the ground in Phoenix. The development of the plan is currently in progress.​

​Plan Timeline​

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Making Progress

The city has continued to make progress since developing the 2014 Bike Master Plan and has implemented hundreds of miles of bike lanes since its adoption. The city is now moving into the next phase of active transportation implementation by considering safety and comfort in design through the use of buffered and protected infrastructure. This is reflected in some recently completed projects like the 3rd Avenue two-way protected bike lane and the 5th Avenue protected bike lane. 

Elements of those recently completed projects include:

  • Shade structures for pedestrians
  • Stormwater drainage modifications
  • Traffic signal safety improvements
  • Conventional and protected bike lanes

The photos below show the addition of a two-way protected bike lane along 3rd Avenue:
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Project Survey

The project survey is an important tool to gather information and help guide how we design and implement active transportation improvements across the city. The survey questions give you an opportunity to weigh in on which kinds of improvements will be most useful in helping you feel safe and comfortable walking and biking. Your input helps the city understand more about what your needs are, how you are currently using active transportation and what improvements the city should prioritize in the future. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All answers are anonymous.

English Survey 
Spanish Survey/Encuesta en Español

Contact Us

Questions? Want to stay up to date on the plan?

Please, contact us: bike@phoenix.gov


Documents

Check back soon for our draft plan coming in summer 2022.


Active Transportation Projects 

To learn more about other ongoing active transportation plan projects, follow the links below:





Active Transportation Best Practices

A key component of the Active Transportation Plan will be to provide design guidance around best practices. Best practices reflect both national and regional trends and are a toolbox for the city to use as it designs places for people to walk and bike. Most best practices are rooted in the concept of safety and visibility. Below are some current best practices around active transportation that can help make Phoenix safer and more comfortable for people walking and biking. 

Additional Best Practice Resources:

  • NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
  • NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
  • Tucson Bike Boulevard Guide
  • Tucson Complete Street Guide

    ​Facility name​

    ​Description

    ​Photo

    ​Bicycle boulevard
    ​These low-volume streets are designed to give bicycles priority. Pavement markings, speed management, and signs are typically used to indicate that these streets are bicycle friendly.

    ​Bicycle lane
    ​Bicycle lanes are a portion of the road that has been designated for bike traffic only. It is typically indicated through pavement markings and signage. Conventional bike lanes do not have a physical barrier between bikes and cars.
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    ​Bike box
    ​A defined area, usually painted, at the head of traffic at a traffic signal that allows bikes to get ahead of traffic waiting at a red light.​
    bike box.jpg
    Source: NACTO
    ​Buffered bicycle lane
    ​Buffered bike lanes are conventional bike lanes with additional paint and striping to provide a buffer between cars and bikes.​
    buffered bicycle lane.jpg
    ​Protected bike lane
    ​Protected bike lanes are bike facilities that can be 1-way or 2-way and are physically separated from travel lanes.​
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    ​Raised bike lane 
    ​Raised bike lanes are facilities that are vertically separated from vehicles. Sometimes they are at sidewalk level, and sometimes in between the levels of the sidewalk and the roadway.​
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    Source: NACTO
    ​Circular Rapid Flashing Beacon (CRFB)
    ​CRFBs flash lights to warn drivers about pedestrians approaching a crosswalk. They are commonly used in school zones and midblock crossings.
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    Source: ADOT
    ​HAWKs/ Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB)

    ​PHBs are traffic control devices that are initiated by the pedestrian pressing a button, which prompts a red light for motor vehicles.​

    hawk.jpg
    Source: ADOT
    ​Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI)

    ​An LPI allows pedestrians to enter the roadway several seconds before cars get a green light to increase their visibility.
    LPI.jpg

    Source: pedbikesafe.org

​Raised crosswalk
​Raised crosswalks are typically used at midblock crossings, and raised at the height of the sidewalk. They are meant to increase pedestrian visibility and slow traffic.
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Source: azmag.gov
​Traffic circles
​Traffic circles are raised islands in the middle of the roadway that cars must navigate around. They typically exist in neighborhoods to slow down traffic.
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Source: NACTO
​Chicanes
​Chicanes are a traffic calming design technique utilizing serpentine curves in the road the drivers must slow down in order to navigate.
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​Curb extensions
​Curb extensions bring the curb further out into the roadway increasing pedestrian visibility and reducing the crossing distance.
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Source: NACTO