Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
To implement this goal, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan was developed, which includes analysis of City’s existing condition and needs, a Walk-Bike framework and future additions to the network, and also best practices, implementation strategies, and potential funding sources.
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Building from the Comp Plan Goals with Partnerships
The comprehensive plan’s Active Living Plan (ALP), was developed with support of a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, and included the goal of creating a pedestrian and bike plan. The ALP evaluates the connections between the built environment and its impact on public health. It also provides goals and policies from the land use, transportation, and parks chapters to implement the active living vision.
The City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan builds on the existing infrastructure, road and subdivision practices, and efforts of the City and Dakota County, with help of a State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant.
Creating a network for all ages, 8 to 80
The Master Plan aims to promote daily physical activity by removing barriers and creating a network that makes walking and biking more convenient for all ages. Based on general land use patterns in the developed portion of Rosemount, the City focused on local trips, as most destinations in town are within 3 miles or less than 15 minutes by bike.
The pedestrian and bicycle system needs were organized around being:
Safer- safer routes to schools and for seniors, and identification of difficult crossings
More Convenient- additional prioritized regional and city-wide connections
More Enjoyable – independent trail corridors, support facilities, better wayfinding, and increased awareness
At the same time that the Master Plan was being developed, a comprehensive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plan was also in process by the County and School District. It included recommendations to increase walking and bicycling to schools. These efforts in coordination with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan resulted in implementing additional connections to schools.
Existing Conditions and Needs Used to Develop a System Plan
As the Master Plan was being developed, community feedback was important in assessing existing conditions and needs. This feedback helped in evaluating the city’s existing network of 80 miles of sidewalks and trails, links to city destinations, areas that needed better crossing and safety improvements, connections for a more complete network, and ways to support an enhanced experience.
The resulting Bike-Walk Framework Plan is based on main, local, and access routes, types of treatments (sidewalks, trails, and bikes) and important destinations to create a safe, connected system. Each route type is described and includes the route’s focus, types of bike and walk treatments (i.e. paved multi-use trail), wayfinding signage and support facilities, preferred street crossings, and other examples. The Bike-Walk Framework Plan includes existing routes/destinations, a Bike Facilities Map, Bike-Walk Treatment Plan with proposed walk-bike trails, bikeways, and facilities, and provides recommendations for intersection improvements and safer connections, and identifies project priorities for a more complete system. It also includes a detailed review of destination focus areas including connections to downtown and school campus.
Best Practices and Plan Implementation
The Master Plan includes assessment of best practices recommendations and implementation strategies to create a complete, convenient, and enjoyable walking/biking network for the community. The recommendations include complete streets policies, traffic calming, road diets to achieve dual goals of traffic calming and accommodating cyclists within existing right-of-way, safer crossings, universal design, better wayfinding, and education.
Implementation strategies were set for near and long-term priority goals and included priorities for progress benchmarks following the “5 E’s” of Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, Engineering, and Enforcement. It also includes potential funding sources, as well as samples ordinances, resolutions, and cost information.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan encourages physical activities and has been integrated into the City’s sustainability and resilient planning in promoting non-auto mobility options. The City has begun implementation, which has included bike racks in public areas, wayfinding signage, and added bike lanes.
Awards and Recognitions
Contact the City of Rosemount
Anthony Nemcek – Planner, (651) 322-2090; email@example.com