Miami Valley Regional Active Transportation Plan
In August 2021, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission kicked off our Region’s first Active Transportation Plan (see Background below). The plan is an update the Regional Bikeways Plan, which has been expanded from an exclusive focus on bicycle transportation to include walking and transit access.
The plan will be led by the Active Transportation Steering Committee (see Steering Committee below) comprised of a diverse mix of individuals to include bike, pedestrian and transit users and local government and park districts who will work together to shape a plan that reflects all aspects of our community.
The plan will take around one year to complete from start to finish. There are seven phases of the plan: develop vision and goals, review of existing conditions, public engagement, project proposal, project prioritization, public comment and finalize plan (see Timeline below).
To ensure we are capturing the needs of the Miami Valley Region, we will be hosting a number of public listening sessions and offering an online survey. We invite the public to provide direct feedback on the priorities and needs of our community (see Public Input below).
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission completed the Miami Valley Regional Bike Plan in 2015. And in 2021, expanded the 20-year Regional Bike Plan beyond a single focus on bicycling to include walking, biking and transit access and will be the first active transportation plan for the Miami Valley Region.
An active transportation plan is a comprehensive review of infrastructure and policies to make walking, biking and transit use easy, convenient and safe choices for mobility in the Region. The plan is to give the same attention to connectivity, safety and equity to sidewalks and transit access as we have to bike facilities in past plans.
The Miami Valley Active Regional Transportation Plan will focus comprehensively on the transport of people and/ or goods through non-vehicular means of transportation, based around human physical activity. It will align closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation Walk.Bike.Ohio statewide bike and pedestrian policy plan, the State of Ohio’s first bike and pedestrian plan.
Public listening sessions were held during the month of November 2021. Additionally, an online survey was available for those who were unable to attend public meetings.
The public listening sessions and online survey provided opportunities for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, local government agencies, parks districts, and community stakeholders to share feedback on the priorities and needs of the Miami Valley Regional Active Transportation Plan. Below are documents summarizing the public input and maps of comments and suggested improvements.
- Active Transportation Plan Input Meeting Mapping Exercise summary
- Online Survey summary (coming soon)
The Active Transportation Plan Steering Committee assists with establishing goals and objectives of the plan, designing the public engagement process, shaping the project prioritization process and reviewing and commenting on the draft and final versions of the plan.
Advocates for Biking and Walking
There are 8 phases of the Miami Valley Regional Active Transportation Pan which we anticipate taking around 14 months to complete. The plan kicked off in the summer of 2021 and will complete late summer of 2022. The phases include:
- Develop plan vision and goals
- Review existing conditions by collecting data, reviewing existing plans, policies and programs, and analysis
- Engage the community through public surveys, meetings, events, etc.
- Develop project, program, and policy proposals
- Prioritize project, program, and policy proposals
- Finalize a plan by providing public comment periods for both draft and final plan
- Finalize plan
- Adopt plan