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Developing an active modes plan for the digital era

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)

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cycling, walking, TDM, active modes

How do you engage an entire region in the transportation planning process? Four partners came together to develop a non-motorized transportation plan to work in synchronization, both locally and regionally.

Our role

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), in collaboration with the City of Colorado Springs, City of  Woodland Park and El Paso County, Colorado, commissioned Steer Davies Gleave to carry out a full analysis of their regional active modes network and develop a Regional Nonmotorized Transportation System Plan.

What we did

Steer Davies Gleave combined innovative online strategies alongside traditional planning techniques to engage with residents region-wide. These include:

  • An interactive website to engage with residents and collect crowd sourced information – the website allowed people who live and work in the area to give their views and enabled a dialogue between the planning process and the public. The website collected cycling and pedestrian issues from the community, giving them the opportunity to highlight problem areas on their routes or suggest improvements via an interactive map on the website. These comments were then fed into the planning process to inform the System Plan.
  • Definition of ‘competency levels’ – we assigned every regional trail and roadway a ‘level’ based on cycle competency which helped the project team to determine barriers to cycling and the required network improvements.
  • Open Street Map created from local knowledge -  residents were encouraged to add biking and walking trails to an online map. This produced a comprehensive and up-to-date map of the trails and routes and the same residents now maintain the trail map so that it is constantly updated.
  • We carried out regular meetings and workshops with the project management team which was made up of members from the four partner regions. We also held regular meetings to consult with other cities in the region and state representatives, and also stakeholder groups such as advocacy groups, health workers and other interest groups.

These tools were combined with our experience and expert advice to produce a regional active modes plan that will make a real difference to travel in the Pikes Peak region.

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