The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan considers and plans for all modes of travel, and this plan specifically looks to integrate active transportation into the transportation system. Many people walk and bike for their transportation needs—commuting to work, school and shopping. Over the years, we continue to see growth in the number of these trips and the amount of users as biking and walking increasing along the Wasatch Front. Supporting these modes of transportation has many advantages, as not only is bike and pedestrian activity consistent with many of the RTP goals but it works to promote a healthy lifestyle, increase transportation options, support our healthy environment through better air quality and can make a positive contribution to the economy.
The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan addresses the existing active transportation network, as well as those routes that are anticipated as part of the proposed future network. Planning for Active Transportation is done through two WFRC plans, a 2015-2040 Bicycle Base Network, that includes all local and county plans, and a 2015-2040 Regional Priority Bicycle Network.
Regional Priority Bicycle Network
The WFRC has always looked to identify a Regional Bike Priority Network, but this is the first time this plan is the same network among all affiliated partner agencies. Utahans, planners, elected officials and many other key community leaders in the region recognized a need for a distinct regional priority bicycle network, and working towards this common goal the priority network was born. Therefore representatives from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Salt Lake County, Davis County, Box Elder County, Weber County, and the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), came together through a collaborative effort to develop the regional priority network. The 2015-2040 Regional Priority Network proposes ways to connect pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to transit and continue to enhance and build upon the existing network.
The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan Bicycle Networks include many critical connections and look to make regional connections and support local communities. This growing network will increase access and give the current user the ability to capitalize on more routes using connections, will encourage additional residents to utilize the system, and will enhance the safety of bicycle and pedestrian commuters as well as recreational users. Adding connections and new routes give the existing active transportation more value.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council participates on many active transportation planning efforts, understanding that travel choices are critical to maintaining and building an efficient and integrated transportation system for our region. Overall, 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan places a growing emphasis on active transportation, considering access, convenience, and safety of bicycle and pedestrian path users a major priority among the bike plans and integrated within the highway and transit projects.
Click here for the WFRC 2040 RTP Bicycle Base/Priority Plan Routes - Interactive Map
The WFRC defines Bicycle and Trail types by the following: Shared Use Path - Class 1, Signed Shared Roadway - Class 2, and Shared Roadway (No Bikeway Designation) - Class 3.
WFRC recommends the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th Edition. Click the guide cover below for more details.
The Bicycle Compatibility Index (BCI) and Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS) were recently completed for the urbanized areas of Weber, Davis and Salt Lake Counties. The regional and county maps can be accessed below. For the spreadsheets and data that were used to develop these, please contact WFRC.
A copy of the BCI and BLOS final report can be accessed here.
For a copy of the BCI manual and BLOS applied manual click the following:
Additional information on Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning may be obtained by contacting Scott Hess.