This Bicycle Transportation Plan will guide the Town of Boone, NCDOT, and other local and regional partners in improving the existing infrastructure and constructing new facilities for bicycles in Boone and fostering a ‘bicycling culture’ through the development of related programs and policies. The Bicycle Transportation Plan builds on recent momentum from the Town's Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan, and strives to diversify the current transportation system to provide transportation options for all users.
NCDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative
In 2010, the Town of Boone was awarded a matching grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative, for a Pedestrian Transportation Plan. The purpose of the grant is to encourage municipalities to develop comprehensive bicycle plans and pedestrian plans. This program has assisted more than 100 North Carolina communities and is administered through NCDOT’s Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT). In 2012, the Town of Boone pursued a grant through the same initiative to develop a Bicycle Transportation Plan, and was selected as a grant recipient.
This Plan combines past local and regional planning efforts with new research and analysis, and includes public outreach and engagement. The result is a complete, up-to-date framework for moving forward with tangible bicycle-related improvements. Beyond physical improvements, this Plan also outlines polices and programs to help encourage people to bicycle more often, drive more safely, and to grow as a community with the needs of cyclists taken into full consideration._
Bicycle Friendly Communities
"Bicycle Friendly Communities" is a national recognition program administered by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer bicycling environments. Read more about Bicycle Friendly Communities HERE.
Community Outreach Events
The first public outreach event during the Watauga Farmers' Market was a huge success! Residents stopped by the booth while they visited the Market to provide input on maps, fill out public comment forms, take project information cards and discuss project details with the consulting team. The team also went out into the crowds throughout the Market to discuss the project and handed out project information cards. Many thanks to Tori Cox, Margie Mansure, and Jennifer Greene for helping making the Bicycle Transportation Plan booth possible.
The second public outreach event was held on Wednesday, October 23 on Appalachian State University Campus, in the Plemmons Student Union Center between 2pm and 5:30pm. Students stopped by the booth to review recommendations and provide feedback. Many thanks to Mr. Ged Moody and Ms. Marsha Eller for helping us secure a space and set up the booth!
Members of the project team also partnered with the High Country Council of Governments to present draft plan recommendations between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 23rd, during the Regional Bicycle Plan Community Workshop that was held at the High Country Council of Government's offices.
Public Comment Form
A public comment form was developed as a tool to obtain input from the community. Feedback received through the submission of the comment form was used as part of the development of recommendations in the Plan. The public comment form is now closed.
The Planning Process has kicked off!
First Steering Committee Meeting
On Monday, April 22nd, 2013 the Steering Committee kicked-off the Bicycle Transportation Plan and established the Town's vision and goals to guide the planning process.
Second Steering Committee Meeting
The second Steering Committee meeting was held on June 19th, 2013. The results of field work investigations and the first public outreach event were discussed, along with priority project corridors.
Third Steering Committee Meeting
The third Steering Committee meeting took place on October 8th, 2013. The consultant team presented the draft plan to the steering committee and discussed project recommendations. After the presentation, committee members viewed posters and maps describing the key elements of the draft plan and made notes and edits to be incorporated into the final plan.
Fourth Steering Committee Meeting
The fourth and final Steering Committee meeting was held on March 18th, 2014. The consultant team presented updates to the Bicycle Transportation Plan document and the combined Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan to the steering committee. The consultant team also facilitated a discussion about revising the short-term bike lane recommendation for US-421, given that the current pavement width does not provide sufficient room for bike lanes at this time.
Town Council Presentation
The consultant team presented the Bicycle Transportation Plan to the Town Council on March 18th, 2014. The presentation described the planning process and informed council members of the contents of the plan to make Boone a more bicycle-friendly community. Council is in the process of reviewing the plan and it will be considered for adoption during the April 2014 Town Council Meeting. The Powerpoint presentation made to Town Council is available here.
Banner photo, courtesy of Boone Area Cyclists. Photo by Kristian Jackson
Aerial photograph of Boone, courtesy of Phil Trew