This regional project for metro Birmingham, Alabama, articulates a feasible and "ground-truthed" master plan for greenway, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructures that will promote active and healthy living, use of alternate modes of transportation, and protect regional waterways.

Alta Planning + Design provided subconsulting services to Goodwyn Mills and Cawood on the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. The plan is a regional greenways, bikeways, and complete streets plan for metro Birmingham, Alabama, developed for the Freshwater Land Trust (FWLT) under the Jefferson County Department of Health and the Health Action Partnership with funding through a Centers for Disease Control “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” grant.

The Master Plan is primarily designed as an implementation tool for municipalities and cooperating organizations, supplying all the information needed to apply for grants to fund the site design and construction of trail segments. The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham has incorporated the Master Plan into its Long Range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). By contributing to regional connectivity, this master plan will also serve as a supplement to RPCGB’s Active Transportation Plan of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.

Alta contributed to developing alignments for the regional network and the plan document, provided design guidelines for greenways and bikeways, and developed unit cost estimates, photo simulations, and concept graphics for various trail segments.

Alta authored a TIGER grant application and cost-benefit analysis for first phase implementation of the greenway system. The project application was selected for a $10 million TIGER IV award in June of 2012.

Alta then assisted the City of Birmingham to develop and design a pedestrian wayfinding and nonmotorized traffic signage system for two phases of its TIGER IV-funded on-road and off-road trail system. The pedestrian wayfinding and nonmotorized traffic signage system was located along key pedestrian and nonmotorized routes of travel and consisted of wayfinding signs, landmark identification signs, nonmotorized traffic signage, and trailhead signs. The wayfinding and nonmotorized traffic signage system helped to brand the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System and encouraged walking and bicycling to local destinations and transit stops.