The Needs Report for the 2045 Long Range Transportation plan describing the state of the Pikes Peak Region’s transportation infrastructure is now available. The report, available at www.ppacg.org/needs-report, describes current and historical conditions for road and bridge condition, safety, and congestion, and summarizes the results of the recent needs survey conducted to gauge public perceptions of transportation needs.
Of the 717 respondents to the needs survey, 88 percent chose to answer questions about cars, driving and roads; 38 percent answered the series of questions about bus/transit; 56 percent weighed in on bicycling; and 46 percent answered questions about walking.
Key takeaways from the survey include:
- 30 percent of respondents said they experience congestion often, and 52 percent feel it is getting worse.
- 3 percent of respondents said they use transit to reach destinations like work, school, shopping, or restaurants on a daily or weekly basis, while 22 percent stated that they would like to use transit to reach these destinations on a daily or weekly basis.
- Cyclists would like to see improvements in driver behavior and enhanced connections between bicycle facilities with distracted drivers and hostile car culture as the top reasons many respondents choose not to bicycle.
- 27 percent of respondents said they currently walk to reach destinations like work, school, shopping, or restaurants on a daily or weekly basis. 37 percent said they would like to walk to reach these destinations on a daily or weekly basis, if improved sidewalks, safer crossing opportunities and more destinations within walking distance were available.
PPACG shares this needs report with potential project sponsors, the entities who will be submitting projects for consideration in the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), to ensure that proposed projects help meet the most pressing needs in our region. This report will ultimately be expanded to become the Needs Chapter of the 2045 LRTP, which must be approved by the PPACG Board of Directors by November 2019.
Between now and 2045, the Pikes Peak Region will experience significant growth, as well as social, demographic, and technological changes that will impact our daily lives. In the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) PPACG is tasked with considering how this will impact transportation. The LRTP provides the foundation for transportation decision-making by establishing the vision and goals for transportation within our region along with both long- and short-range strategies to address these needs.
About the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
The Pikes Peak region’s 16 local governments join together through PPACG to collaborate on issues that cross political boundaries and to reach solutions that benefit the entire region. PPACG’s primary focus is regional planning in transportation, aging issues, Joint Land Use Study, and air and water quality.