The El Paso Bicycle Master Plan creates a long-term strategy to position El Paso as the least car-dependent city in the Southwest by implementing a connected network of bicycle facilities and providing an education and encouragement program that builds a culture that embraces bicycling.
With a growing network of bicycle facilities, a recently installed bike share system, and an active and engaged population, the City of El Paso has many of the important building blocks of a bicycle-friendly community. Alta worked with the City to develop a long-range bicycle master plan to provide vision, strategy, and recommendations to support bicycling as a safe, comfortable, and convenient mode of transportation and recreation. The planning process included a variety of technical research and analysis, incorporating bicycle level of traffic stress, bicycle crash analysis, bicycle facility demand, and other techniques to guide investments in bicycle facilities and programs. The public engagement strategy included multiple public meetings with hands-on activities and live polling, an interactive online mapping web page, and numerous neighborhood meetings. Spanish language materials and bilingual project team members at public meetings provided an inclusive and welcoming feel for El Paso’s large Spanish-speaking community.
El Paso City Council approved the comprehensive bike plan in August 2016.