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Active Transportation Program
Active transportation is walking, bicycling, using a small wheeled vehicle, or a mobility device. It includes e-scooters and other new types of lightweight, electric vehicles. In 2019, the City of Phoenix decided to start using the term "active transportation" to include all of these wonderful ways of getting around our streets. Using a general term also helps us talk about how multi-use paths and HAWKs (pedestrian hybrid beacons) serve people walking, bicycling, or using mobility devices and small wheeled vehicles.
Riders enjoy active transportation on rentable e-Scooters in downtown Phoenix.
In 2020, the Active Transportation Program developed its vision, “In 20 years Phoenicians will enjoy active transportation as part of daily life.” In order for people to enjoy active transportation, the infrastructure has to be safe, comfortable and connected. Making active transportation part of daily life will look differently for everyone. In central areas of Phoenix, people might choose active transportation for most of their trips. In more residential areas, people might choose active transportation to get to nearby parks, schools, trails and transit stations.
Right now, the Active Transportation Program is laying the groundwork for this vision by ensuring the City of Phoenix is designing enjoyable and connected active transportation infrastructure. Through the Accelerated Pavement Maintenance Program, we are adding new bike lanes and adding buffers to existing bike lanes throughout the city. Through the pavement program we are also able to connect older bike lanes to and through intersections.
Active Transportation Program staff manage Pre-Design Projects that provide larger scale active transportation improvements throughout the city. Staff also provide technical expertise on active transportation for projects that are in design and construction.
The Active Transportation Program coordinates with city departments and community groups on active transportation issues in the City of Phoenix. The Active Transportation Program staff ensures city staff have access to professional development focusing on active transportation.